Examining students' systems thinking in a natural resources management capstone class
Critical Literature Review Humans undisputedly dominate Earth’s ecosystems, therefore we need to move beyond 'human-free' conceptions of ecosystems. However, there is a lack of consensus about how humans, our influence, and our social systems fit within ecosystems, and several different terms, such as social-ecological system, are now used to describe integrated systems. The current proliferation of terms and lack of shared meaning causes problems for interdisciplinary researchers as well as students. I propose that our language needs to catch up with our conceptions, and that ‘ecosystem’ needs ...