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Easter Island (Rapanui) is one of the most remote and enigmatic places on Earth. Paleoecological Research on Easter Island synthesizes the available paleoecological knowledge on Easter Island for the last millennia to pave the way towards an integrated interdisciplinary vision of the island’s environmental-ecological-cultural system as a complex functional unit. Human and environmental deterministic views are avoided and the Easter Island enigmas are analyzed under a holistic perspective of continuous feedbacks and synergies among the different components of the system.
Paleocological Research on Easter Island first examines the area’s climatic and ecological history, a topic that is not usually addressed in other literature on the island. It then provides a thorough and synthetic account of all paleoecological works developed to date including the latest discoveries. Finally, it attempts to match paleoecological evidence with the results of other disciplines, in the way towards a multidisciplinary framework.
Paleoecological Research on Easter Island provides a multidisciplinary approach to the field making this a useful resource for researchers, university professors and graduate students of a varied range of disciplines and subdisciplines including ecology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, biogeography, sedimentology, and paleontology and others who are interested in incorporating paleoecological knowledge in their investigations.
- Provides the first synthesis of the available paleoecological knowledge on Easter Island
- Furnishes clues on how to integrate paleoecological information with evidence from other disciplines
- Addresses the complexity of the environmental-ecological-cultural system by analyzing the interactions (feedbacks and synergies) among its components
Synthesizes the available paleoecological knowledge of Easter Island over the last millennia to pave the way towards an integrated interdisciplinary vision of the island's environmental-ecological-cultural system as a complex functional unit
1. The island: Present conditions and paleoecological archives
2. Before paleoecology: The enigmas of Easter Island
3. The paleoecological pioneers and the rising of the ecocidal paradigm
4. The transitional phase: Paleoecological quietness
5. The revival: An opportunity for climate change
6. Latest developments: Towards a holistic perspective
7. Synopsis: From human determinism to socioecological complexity
8. Future research: A plea for true interdisciplinarity
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- © Elsevier 2021
- 1st September 2020
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Valentí Rull is a biologist with a PhD in paleoecology (1990). He is a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona. He uses paleocological evidence to study the type and characteristics of biotic responses to environmental shifts, the natural and anthropogenic drivers of ecological change and the role of tectonics and environmental change on the origin of biodiversity. He also works on the contribution of paleoecology to biodiversity conservation. Dr. Rull has conducted his research on several temperate (Pyrenees, Azores Islands), tropical (Andes, Orinoco delta, Maracaibo basin, Gran Sabana, Pantepui) and subtropical (Easter Island) regions.
Senior Scientist, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain
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