Managing the Current Mass Extinction for Human Populations

Author(s): Darcy Bird; Jacob Freeman

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Global Perspectives on Climate-Human Population Dynamics During the Late Holocene" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Recent analyses of large sample of radiocarbon ages illustrate the potential of these records to investigate general problems in human ecology. While much of the current literature focuses on the relationship between local ecology shifts and population booms or busts, no one has yet to address the general ecological problem of stability. Stability measures the severity of booms and busts in a population/system over time. We propose plant and animal species richness affects the stability of human population systems. Human population stability is necessary for sustained economic and socio-political growth. We propose a model that describes the effects of species richness on the long-term stability of human societies, controlling for other ecologically relevant variables. We will evaluate this model on a regional US and Canada scale and on a global scale. In this way, we can then analyze human population stability in North America within the context of global population stability.

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Managing the Current Mass Extinction for Human Populations. Darcy Bird, Jacob Freeman. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451454)

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Abstract Id(s): 23878