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Ecological and geographical scale: parallels and potential for integration
  • N. Sayre
  • Environmental Science
  • 1 June 2005
Scale has emerged as a major issue in both ecology and geography in recent decades. Little effort has been made to compare these parallel debates, however, or to seek an integrated conception of
The Genesis, History, and Limits of Carrying Capacity
The concept of carrying capacity is employed in a remarkably wide range of disciplines and debates, and it has been forcefully critiqued within numerous fields. Yet its historical origins remain
Desertification, land use, and the transformation of global drylands
Desertification is an escalating concern in global drylands, yet assessments to guide management and policy responses are limited by ambiguity concerning the definition of “desertification” and what
Intervention: Critical physical geography.
A recent opinion piece rekindled debate as to whether geography’s current interdisciplinary make-up is ahistorical relic or an actual and potential source of intellectual vitality. Taking the latter
Origin, Persistence, and Resolution of the Rotational Grazing Debate: Integrating Human Dimensions Into Rangeland Research
Abstract The debate regarding the benefits of rotational grazing has eluded resolution within the US rangeland profession for more than 60 yr. This forum examines the origin of the debate and the
Earth Stewardship of rangelands: coping with ecological, economic, and political marginality
Rangelands encompass 30–40% of Earth's land surface and support 1 to 2 billion people. Their predominant use is extensive livestock production by pastoralists and ranchers. But rangelands are
Viewpoint: The Need for Qualitative Research to Understand Ranch Management
Abstract The use and management of rangelands involves both ecological and social processes, and it is in the interaction of these that conservation is or is not achieved. Overall, the ecological
“The Range Problem” After a Century of Rangeland Science: New Research Themes for Altered Landscapes
Abstract The rangeland science profession in the United States has its roots in the widespread overgrazing and concurrent severe droughts of the late 19th century. These drivers contributed to