Key Projects in Historical Ecology

San Francisco Estuary Institute and the Aquatic Science Center
As one of California’s premier aquatic and ecosystem science institutes, the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)’s mission is to provide scientific support and tools for decision-making and communication through collaborative efforts. SFEI has utilized an integrated historical ecology framework within a single region to complete a number of studies that reconstructed past landscapes in coastal California in order to plan restoration and conservation programs.

Hercules Project (Sustainable Futures for Europe’s Heritage in Cultural Landscapes) The Hercules Project is a multi-sited, interdisciplinary initiative that compares our knowledge of cultural landscapes from 8 areas in Europe so as to produce a framework to help better promote and protect these places.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: National Marine Sanctuaries
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuaries in the United States has integrated historical ecology data from multiple sources to understand how the history of the ocean environment helps us ensure marine ecological diversity and health today. Their archival data offer useful information about marine ecosystems in the past and helps the organization and partners, such as university partners, manage these fragile resources in the future.