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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series 2017

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Today's date is Monday, September 25, 2017
Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : The role of ancient humans in plant dispersal and distributions Other events...
The movement of species outside their native ranges is a significant form of anthropogenic impact on the environment. This is commonly considered a relatively recent impact of colonialism and globalism. However, humans have been transporting species around the world for a variety of practical and cultural uses for millenia. In places such as Australia, where there is a long-held view of a continent of hunter-gatherers, with anthropogenic agency limited to ‘fire-stick farming’of landscapes for nomadic foraging and hunting,the role of indigenous people in the dispersal and distribution of species has mostly been ignored. To understand these ancient human-mediated dispersals requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining data from the biological sciences and the social sciences. There is a small, but growing, body of literature using this interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ancient human history behind the current geographic distributions of various plant species. sing examples from my research, I will present evidence for the role of humans in shaping plant evolution, and determining whether the geographic distribution of genetic diversity is explained, in part, by patterns of human migration. I will also outline where this evidence is lacking, and what sources of data may help to test hypotheses of ancient humanmediated dispersal. Finally, I will discuss the implications for management of native and introduced species in contemporary environments.
Speaker(s) Karen Bell (University of Western Australia, School of Biological Sciences, CSIRO Land & Water, CSIRO Health & Biosecurity)
Location Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28)
Contact Sven Ouzman <sven.ouzman@uwa.edu.au>
Start Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00
End Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:27
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