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Megafauna and Ecosystem Function: From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene

Day 1: Causes and impacts of megafaunal loss


Introduction: Ghosts of lost giants: what it means to live in a megafauna- depleted world, and what can or should be done?
Yadvinder Malhli
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Mammoth extinction, refugia, and the effects of climate and people
Adrian Lister
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Ancient DNA reveals past global population dynamics links to climate-driven range dynamics
David Nogués-Bravo
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The case for Clovis overkill in North America
Todd Surovell
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Ecological state changes and megafaunal extinctions in southern Patagonia, South America
Natalia Villavicencio
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Anthropogenic drivers of megafaunal extinction: support from a high resolution, quantitative global analysis
Lewis Bartlett
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Global Late Quaternary megafauna extinctions linked to humans, not climate change
Christopher J. Sandom
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Radiocarbon chronology of extinct and surviving megafauna in Northern Eurasia
Anthony Stuart
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Recalibrating the Anthropocene: humans, megafauna and global biogeochemical cycles
Felisa Smith
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Predator-prey dynamics in late Pleistocene North America
Blaire Van Valkenburgh
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Megafaunal extinction and its impact on mammalian community structure
Kathleen Lyons
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Estimated loss in species, phylogenetic and functional diversity in mammals as a consequence of the Late Pleistocene and Holocene range collapses and extinctions
Søren Faurby
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Megafauna and ecosystem dynamics in the Plio-Pleistocene: insights from the Italian fossil record
Carlo Meloro
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Marine megafaunal extinctions and trophic cascades: what really happened to Steller's sea cow?
James Estes
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Trophic downgrading: the influence of the terminal Pleistocene extinction on the North American carnivore guild
Melissa I. Pardi
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Day 2: Environmental impacts of megafaunal loss


Ecological impacts of extinction of Australia's Pleistocene megafauna
Christopher Johnson
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A natural experiment in keystone herbivore removal: Pleistocene extinctions, novel communities, and enhanced fire regimes in North America
Jacquelyn Gill
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Temperate mountain grasslands as ghosts of megafauna past
Travis W. Knowles
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Nutrient dispersal by megafauna: are nutrient limitations a consequence of the Pleistocene extinctions?
Chris Doughty
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Decline of large herbivores: impact on vegetation in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
Liesbeth Bakker
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Pre-extinction interglacial ecosystem structure - the European case and global perspectives
Jens-Christian Svenning
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The rapid decline of Asia's megafauna and its consequences for seed dispersal
Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz
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Pleistocene megafauna extinctions: functional loss of mutualistic seed dispersal services.
Mauro Galetti
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Reconstructing past ecological networks: the reconfiguration of seed-dispersal interactions after megafaunal extinction
Mathias M. Pires
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Differential impacts of Pleistocene mega-herbivores on nitrogen availability
Elizabeth S. Jeffers
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Lateral transport of nutrients by herbivores: local impacts and global perspectives
Adam Wolf
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Should we bring back the European megafauna?
George Monbiot
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Day 3: Megafauna and ecosystem function in the Anthropocene


Differential defaunation and extinction of ecological processes: consequences for ecosystems and humans
Rodolfo Dirzo
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Effects of soaring elephant numbers on South African savanna habitats
Greg Asner
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Low tree diversity of Central African forests: artefact of history or product of filtering by megafauna?
John Terborgh
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Contemporary large vertebrate defaunation modulates tropical forest ecosystem services
Carlos Peres
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30 years of rewilding in the Netherlands: the impact of herbivores on closed canopy forest
Frans Vera
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Lessons and future prospects from a Pleistocene rewilding in Siberia
Sergey Zimov
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The science of science fiction: bringing back the mammoth
Beth Shapiro
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Re-wildling visions and controversy: unsettling the conservation regime
Paul Jepson
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Massive loss of forests elephants in central Africa
Fiona Maisels
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Rewilding: nine key challenges
Meredith Root-Bernstein
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Rewilding Scotland
Chris Sandom
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A role for rewilding in English nature conservation pract ice?
Keith Kirby
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The politics of rewilding and reintroduction: the lion and the cheetah in India
Maan Barua
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Rewilding in a crisis discipline
Josh Donlan
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Closing speech: Emerging thoughts on a past fit for the future
David Macdonald
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