Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean

Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean

Interdisciplinary Science in Support of Nature and People

1st Edition - June 1, 2017

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  • Editors: Phillip Levin, Melissa Poe
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092989
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053751

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Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean: Interdisciplinary Science in Support of Nature and People emphasizes strategies to better connect the practice of marine conservation with the needs and priorities of a growing global human population. It conceptualizes nature and people as part of shared ecosystems, with interdisciplinary methodologies and science-based applications for coupled sustainability. A central challenge facing conservation is the development of practical means for addressing the interconnectedness of ecosystem health and human well-being, advancing the fundamental interdisciplinary science that underlies conservation practice, and implementing this science in decisions to manage, preserve, and restore ocean ecosystems. Though humans have intentionally and unintentionally reshaped their environments for thousands of years, the scale and scope of human influence upon the oceans in the Anthropocene is unprecedented. Ocean science has increased our knowledge of the threats and impacts to ecological integrity, yet the unique scale and scope of changes increases uncertainty about responses of dynamic socio-ecological systems. Thus, to understand and protect the biodiversity of the ocean and ameliorate the negative impacts of ocean change on people, it is critical to understand human beliefs, values, behaviors, and impacts. Conversely, on a human-dominated planet, it is impossible to understand and address human well-being and chart a course for sustainable use of the oceans without understanding the implications of environmental change for human societies that depend on marine ecosystems and resources. This work therefore presents a timely, needed, and interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of our oceans.

Key Features

  • Helps marine conservation scientists apply principles from oceanography, ecology, anthropology, economics, political science, and other natural and social sciences to manage and preserve marine biodiversity
  • Facilitates understanding of how and why social and environmental processes are coupled in the quest to achieve healthy and sustainable oceans
  • Uses a combination of expository material, practical approaches, and forward-looking theoretical discussions to enhance value for readers as they consider conservation research, management and planning


Researchers in marine biology, ecology, biodiversity, and biological oceanography; conservation scientists, practitioners, managers, and students; conservation professionals from academia, government agencies and non-governmental organizations; ecosystem, coastal, and fisheries managers; and for use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate conservation science and marine affairs classes

Table of Contents

  • I.  Setting the stage

    1. Strategies for Bridging the Science-Policy Interface for Adaptive Solutions in the Anthropocene
    Jenna Sullivan, Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman, Andrew Rosenberg and Jane Lubchenco

    2. Climate Variability, Climate Change, and Conservation in a Dynamic Ocean
    Malin Pinsky and Becca Selden

    3. The Future of Species in the Anthropocene Seas
    Nick Dulvy and Holly Kindsvater

    4. How Can the Oceans Feed 9 Billion People? 
    Zachary Koehn, Eddie Allison, Nicole Franz and Esther Wiegers

    5. Social Resilience in the Anthropocene Ocean
    Elena Finkbeiner, Kirsten Oleson and Jack Kittinger  

    II.  Principles for Conservation in the Anthropocene

    6. Principles for Interdisciplinary Conservation
    Heather Leslie

    7. Creating Space for Community in Marine Conservation and Management: mapping “communities-at-sea” 
    Kevin St. Martin and Julia Olson 

    8. Conservation Actions at Global and Local Scales in Marine Social-Ecological Systems: status, gaps, and ways forward
    Natalie C. Ban, Aerin Jacob, Charlotte Whitney, Darienne Lancaster, Tammy Davies and Lauren Eckert

    9. Ocean Cultures: Northwest coast ecosystems and indigenous management systems
    Darcy Mathews and Nancy Turner 

    10. Blurred Lines: what’s a non-native species in the Anthropocene ocean?
    Isabelle M. Côté  

    11. Can Ecosystem Services Make Conservation Normal and Commonplace? 
    Kai Chan, Paige Olmsted, Nathan Bennett, Sarah Klain and Elizabeth A. Williams

    12. Beyond Privatization: rethinking fisheries stewardship and conservation in the North Pacific
    Rachel Donkersloot and Courtney Carothers

    13. Addressing Socio-Ecological Tipping Points and Safe Operating Spaces in the Anthropocene 
    Ben Halpern

    III.  Conservation in the Anthropocene in Practice

    14. Stakeholder Participation in Marine Management: the importance of transparency and rules for participation
    Christine Röckmann, Marloes Kraan, David Goldsborough and Luc van Hoof

    15. Marine Conservation as Complex Cooperative and Competitive Human Interactions 
    Xavier Basurto, E. Blanco, M. Nenadovic and B. Vollan

    16. Transdisciplinary Research for Conservation and Sustainable Development Planning in the Caribbean
    Katie K. Arkema and Mary Ruckleshaus

    17. Social-Ecological Trade-Offs in Baltic Sea Fisheries Management
    Rüdiger Voss, Martin F. Quaas, Julia Hoffmann and Jörn O. Schmidt

    18. Human Rights and the Sustainability of Fisheries
    Sara G. Lewis, Aurora Alifano, Mariah Boyle and Marc Mangel

    IV.  Looking Forward

    19. Implications of a Changing Climate for Food Sovereignty in Coastal British Columbia
    Terre Satterfield, Leslie Robertson, Nathan Vadeboncoeur and Anton Pitts
    20. The Future of Modelling to Support Conservation Decisions in the Anthropocene Ocean
    Eva Plaganyi and Beth Fulton

    21. The Big Role of Coastal Communities and Small-Scale Fishers in Ocean Conservation   Anthony Charles

    22. Innovations in Collaborative Science: Advancing citizen science, crowdsourcing and participatory modeling to understand and manage marine social-ecological systems 
    Stephen Gray and Steven Scyphers

    23. Looking Forward: interconnectedness in the Anthropocene ocean
    Melissa Poe and Phillip Levin


Product details

  • No. of pages: 530
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: June 1, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092989
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128053751

About the Editors

Phillip Levin

Phillip Levin is the lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Washington and a Professor-of-Practice in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Levin is a conservation scientist who is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice in conservation, and developing modeling and statistical approaches to inform conservation and management of marine ecosystems. The main focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy and University of Washington, he was a Senior Scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, USA. Levin served as the scientific lead of NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment efforts in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and Puget Sound. In the course of this work, he has led the development of new analytical tools for characterizing ecosystem health and forecasting the cumulative effects of coastal zone management and climate change on marine ecosystems. Dr. Levin received the Department of Commerce Silver Award and NOAA’s Bronze Medal for his work on marine ecosystems, and the Seattle Aquarium’s Conservation Research Award for his work in Puget Sound. He has published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports, and edited the forthcoming book, “Conservation of the Anthropocene Ocean: interdisciplinary approaches for nature and people”. His work has been featured in such news outlets as NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSBNC, The Economist, among others. Levin recently served as President of the Western Society of Naturalists, and has served on numerous editorial boards and scientific advisory panels. Levin received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Seattle, WA, USA

Melissa Poe

Melissa Poe is a Social Scientist at the University of Washington Sea Grant Program and a liaison with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Poe is trained as an environmental anthropologist, with interests in applying political ecology and cultural geography approaches to environmental problems through participatory research. Poe earned her masters and doctorate at the University of Washington, focusing on community-based conservation, ethnoecology, and resource-based livelihoods, with extensive field work throughout Pacific North America. Poe holds double Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Spanish, and was a postdoc fellow at the Institute for Culture and Ecology. Ongoing efforts include contributing social science to NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, advising the Puget Sound Partnership science panel, and collaborating with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and other interdisciplinary initiatives.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, Seattle, WA, USA

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