Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128096659

Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Dominick DellaSala Michael Goldstein
Book ISBN: 9780128096659
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st December 2017
Page Count: 2280
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Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene presents a currency-based, global synthesis cataloguing the impact of humanity’s global ecological footprint. Covering a multitude of aspects related to Climate Change, Biodiversity, Contaminants, Geological, Energy and Ethics, leading scientists provide foundational essays that enable researchers to define and scrutinize information, ideas, relationships, meanings and ideas within the Anthropocene concept. Questions widely debated among scientists, humanists, conservationists, politicians and others are included, providing discussion on when the Anthropocene began, what to call it, whether it should be considered an official geological epoch, whether it can be contained in time, and how it will affect future generations.

Although the idea that humanity has driven the planet into a new geological epoch has been around since the dawn of the 20th century, the term ‘Anthropocene’ was only first used by ecologist Eugene Stoermer in the 1980s, and hence popularized in its current meaning by atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen in 2000.

Key Features

  • Presents comprehensive and systematic coverage of topics related to the Anthropocene, with a focus on the Geosciences and Environmental science
  • Includes point-counterpoint articles debating key aspects of the Anthropocene, giving users an even-handed navigation of this complex area
  • Provides historic, seminal papers and essays from leading scientists and philosophers who demonstrate changes in the Anthropocene concept over time


Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, research scientists working in all areas of geosciences and at its borders with other disciplines, university researchers

Table of Contents

Climate Change
Geological Epochs
Socioeconomics and Ethics


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Dominick DellaSala

Dominick DellaSala

Dominick A. DellaSala, Ph.D., is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute (www.geosinstitute.org) in Ashland, Oregon. He served two terms as President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section, and is a Courtesy Professor at Oregon State University. He is an internationally renowned author of over 200 technical papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species, and landscape ecology. He received conservation leadership awards from the World Wildlife Fund (2000, 2004), Wilburforce Foundation (2006), received Choice Publisher’s “academic excellence” award for “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation,” and is on the Fulbright Specialist roster for international placement by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Dr. DellaSala has appeared on nature documentaries (PBS), as an expert witness at numerous congressional hearings including acting as a “whistle blower” during congressional hearings on scientific integrity and the Endangered Species Act, and has given keynote addresses at numerous conferences and international meetings such the United Nations Earth Summit. He is motivated by his passion to leave a living planet for his daughter and all those that follow.

Photo credit: Ariela DellaSala

Affiliations and Expertise

President and Chief Scientist, Geos Institute, USA

Michael Goldstein

Dr. Michael Goldstein has a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries ecology from Texas A&M University and a master’s of science degree in environmental toxicology. He has worked for the U.S. National Forest Service as a wildlife and terrestrial ecology program leader for the Alaska Region since 2002. From 2010-2012, he held a 2 year term as the founding director of the new Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center in Juneau. The center was established to help facilitate coastal temperate rainforest research and education and is a consortium of six public agencies including University of Alaska Southeast. Dr Goldstein is the Subject Editor of the Bioscience: Ecology section of Elsevier’s Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecology Program Leader, U.S. National Forest Service, Alaska Region and Subject Editor, Bioscience: Ecology section of Elsevier’s Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences