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Historical Ecology; HEF2020; International conference;historical legacies;ecological trajectories; geography;archeology;paleoecology;economy;biology

Historical Ecology for the Future

International conference on historical ecology

May 25-29, 2020 University campus of “Ile du Saulcy” - Metz, FRANCE

Opening remarks by William Balée,

Historical Ecology for the Future aims at promoting historical ecology and highlighting its recent advances and key results. Geographers, biologists, historians, social scientists, economists, archaeologists, ecologists, paleoecologists, managers, and soil scientists, among others dealing with historical ecology issues, are welcome to join the conference to share and discuss their questions, data, and results.

Learn more about William Balée >>>


1. Historical heritage and conservation management:

Contribution of historical ecology to biological conservation and / or ecological restoration. Notions of “reference ecosystem”, degree of naturalness, resistance and resilience, adaptation to climate change and disturbance regimes, role of the human relationship with their environment, human perception of environment, etc.

Learn more about Thierry Dutoit >>>


2. Environmental resource exploitation:

Insights from past use and management of environmental resources into the understanding of the current state (soil, vegetation, biogeochemical fluxes) and sustainability of resources exploitation. Notions of thresholds, rates of harvesting, resources exploitation, overexploitation, sustainability, past and current practices, soil legacies, local products environmental characterization, etc.

Learn more about Nicki Whitehouse >>>

3. Ecological dynamics:

Assessment of land and biodiversity dynamics in the past, current and future, at various spatial scales (from local to global), levels of organization (from genes to biome) and for all biota (including domestic and wild fauna, cultivated and wild flora, microbial communities). Notions of spatial or temporal ecological continuity, local adaptation, disturbance regimes, extinction debt and colonization credit, species migration and range shifts, diversification processes, etc.

Learn more about Kris Verheyen >>>

4. Methods and tools in historical ecology:

Progress in analytical strategies and tools relevant for historical ecology (modelling, machine learning, GIS, LIDAR, meta-analyses, molecular ecology and ecological genomics, paleo-indicators, bio-indicators, methods of dating, environmental archaeology sources, new types of archives, etc.), updates in historical ecology concepts and terminology, contribution of social sciences, etc.

Learn more about Jérôme Poulenard >>>