Title

The ecological impact of oceanic island colonisation - a palaeoecological perspective from the Azores

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Biogeography

Volume

39

Issue

6

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date

6-2012

First Page

1007

Last Page

1023

DOI

10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02671.x

Abstract

In many cases, human colonization drastically modified the ecosystems of remote oceanic islands before scientists arrived to document the changes. Palaeoecological records before and after human colonization provide insights into the original ecosystems and an assessment of subsequent human impact. We used pollen analysis to compare the impact of 15th century colonization of the Azores with that of natural disturbances such as volcanic eruptions and climate changes

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