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Towards better integration of ecology in palaeoecology: from proxies to indicators, from inference to understanding

  • Thomas A. Davidson
  • Helen Bennion
  • Michael Reid
  • Carl D. Sayer
  • Thomas J. Whitmore
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Abstract

The special issue titled “Putting the Ecology into Palaeoecology” stems from a session with that name that was held at the 2015 International Paleolimnological Association meeting (International Paleolimnology Symposium) in Lanzhou, China. We briefly describe the motivation for the session, and summarise the contributions to this special issue. Additionally, we discuss our perceptions and concerns about the progress, challenges and future directions of palaeolimnology, stressing the importance of meaningful integration of ecological principles and thinking into palaeoapproaches.

Keywords

Palaeoecology Early warning indicators Transfer functions Ecology Proxy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. Davidson
    • 1
  • Helen Bennion
    • 2
  • Michael Reid
    • 3
  • Carl D. Sayer
    • 2
  • Thomas J. Whitmore
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Bioscience and Arctic Research Centre (ARC)Aarhus UniversitySilkeborgDenmark
  2. 2.Environmental Change Research Centre, Department of GeographyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Riverine Landscapes Research Laboratory, Geography and PlanningUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  4. 4.Deparment of Biological SciencesUniversity of South Florida St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA

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