Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene

Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene

1st Edition - November 27, 2017

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  • Editors-in-Chief: Michael I Goldstein, Dominick DellaSala
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128135761
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128096659

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Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Five Volume Set 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

  • Biodiversity
    Climate Change
    Geological Epochs
    Socioeconomics and Ethics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 2280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 27, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128135761
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128096659

About the Editors in Chief

Michael I Goldstein

Dr. Michael I. Goldstein has worked on many applied research and management issues across terrestrial and aquatic systems, addressing pesticides, dispersed recreation, timber harvest, minerals development, and other forms of human use and resource extraction. Mike’s PhD focused on spatial optimization of stands across adjacent federal and private lands to benefit biodiversity, Mike’s work in industry also included creating a 40-year habitat conservation plan, and Mike’s Forest Service career has focused on building efficiencies in natural resources and planning. Mike was a principal architect and editor of Elsevier’s reference module “Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences", and has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of a trilogy of recent books, namely the Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, the Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes, and Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation. These works tie together Mike's lifetime commitment to conservation planning, enhancing ecosystem services, and protecting biodiversity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Surfbird Consulting, LLC, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Dominick DellaSala

Dominick DellaSala
Dominick DellaSala, Ph. D, is Chief Scientist of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America. He is an internationally renowned scholar of over 200 publications on forest ecology, endangered species, conservation biology, and climate change. Dominick has given keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has been featured in hundreds of news stories and documentaries, testified in the US congress numerous times, and received conservation leadership and book writing awards. He is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, co-chief editor of Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, The World’s Biomes, and Encyclopedia of Conservation; Co-editor the Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix (Elsevier), editor and author of the award winning Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation; and subject editor of several scientific journals. He is driven by a passion to save life on Earth for his daughters, grandkids, and future generations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist, Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute

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