The Science of Open Spaces

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Paperback - September 2015 - AU $56.70

The Science of Open Spaces turns conventional conservation paradigms on their heads

Since the days of the American Frontier, US management policies have promoted a one-size-fits-all mentality for large, complex landscapes. Landscape ecologist Charles Curtin argues that instead we need a science-based approach that accounts for the dynamic nature of complex systems and gives local stakeholders a say in their futures. + Full description

The Science of Open Spaces proposes that we return to 'first principles' – fundamental physical laws of the universe – and think about complex systems from the ground up. Curtin walks us through foundational concepts of thermodynamics, ecology, sociology and resilience theory, applying them to real-world examples from years spent designing large-scale, place-based collaborative research programs in the United States and around the world.

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Paperback | September 2015 | $ 56.70
ISBN: 9781597269933 | 264 pages | 229 x 152 mm
Publisher: Island Press, USA


Charles G Curtin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Montana, Missoula, where he will be developing programs for the Practitioners Network for Large Landscape Conservation. He is also Interim Director of the Mora Watershed Alliance in Mora, New Mexico, where he helped develop a landscape-level conservation program in the 1-million-acre Mora Watershed in north-western New Mexico. He was previously the director of the Resilience Design Group in the Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, in Keene, New Hampshire.