Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Humans in all societies depend on some form of ecological service to sustain themselves. In some cases, communities successfully self-organize to govern the resource in a sustainable fashion, and in other cases they do not. Many factors influence whether resource-use patterns will be sustainable, ranging from commercial and economic incentives for harvesting, dietary needs, and cultural incentives to restrict overharvesting.

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Many coupled human-nature systems are characterized by complexities such as nonlinearities and heterogeneity. Less is known about how human decisions are made to affect such systems. This symposium, which incorporates case studies in three Asian national reserves/parks, centers on generalizing characteristics, driving forces, and related methodologies for understanding human decision-making and its consequences.

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

There is an increasing frequency and scope of telecoupling around the world (exchange of energy, matter, and information among human and natural systems across spatial, temporal, and organizational borders; examples may include tourism, trade, migration, species invasion, pollution, and flows and use of ecosystem services and goods across boundaries). Biophysical teleconnections in the Earth system and globalization in socioeconomic systems have been studied extensively but often separately.