Research Group Linkages
Derived from the conceptual overview diagram, this schematic depicts the connections among some of the primary research components of the proposal (F1-F5 refer to flux arrows in conceptual diagram).
- F1. How do long-term external press and pulse disturbances both affect ecosystem structure and function and affect social dimensions (having an indirect impact on ecological policies, i.e. F5)?
- F2. How can biotic structure be both a cause and a consequence of ecological fluxes of energy and matter?
- F3. How are ecosystem structures and functions perceived and framed by humans? As changes in the biophysical landscape occur, they are perceived as “issues” by human minds and epistemic communities. “Ecosystem services” is one formulation of how the natural and human worlds interact. Leopold’s land ethics, e.g., might view the natural world differently. More conventionally, our formulation of natural resources has changed from one of unlimited supply to one focused on regenerative processes such as maintenance of ecosystem services. Alternatively, however, humans might also perceive governance of the human system as a threat to human values such as property rights. An existing state (of the resource or resource flows) becomes a “problem” when human minds perceive it as such, and respond (either as individuals, collections of individuals or organized institutions.)
- F4. How do institutions and civil society organizations respond to the ecosystem functions and management as framed or perceived (F3)? Institutions and civil society organizations both affect and are affected by individual voters/resource users. E-governance is one mode of interaction; information exchange, the types of communications that occur are the sorts of questions that would fall into this portion of the diagram.
- F5. How do individual and collective actions affect policy and actions that affect landscape structure and flows? The institutions and cultural aspects of human societies may enact policies and/or collective actions that affect change in the biophysical landscape through both pulse and press disturbances (Eg. downspout disconnection by individual homeowners vs. city programs to encourage downspout disconnection and, regarding flows, use of lawn pesticides by homeowners and water rationing by cities.)