Jennifer Dunne (Santa Fe Institute)
Abstract. Most studies of the relationships of humans and ecosystems are presented in terms of human impacts on ecosystems. However, our ability to understand and mitigate such impacts depends on research that identifies the roles humans play in ecosystems including how they interact with other species. Analysis and modeling of food web structure and dynamics provides a useful framework for quantifying ecological roles and behavioral impacts of species including humans. Such research is providing new ways to explore questions related to the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. This talk will highlight several projects that address how humans fit into and impact ancient, historic, and current ecosystems using an ecological network framework.