The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization

Jeffrey C. Nekola, Craig D. Allen, James H. Brown, Joseph R. Burger, Ana D. Davidson, Trevor S. Fristoe, Marcus J. Hamilton, Sean T. Hammond, Astrid Kodric-Brown, Norman Mercado-Silva, Jordan Okie

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Abstract

Two interacting forces influence all populations: the Malthusian dynamic of exponential growth until resource limits are reached, and the Darwinian dynamic of innovation and adaptation to circumvent these limits through biological and/or cultural evolution. The specific manifestations of these forces in modern human society provide an important context for determining how humans can establish a sustainable relationship with the finite Earth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Behavioral constraints
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Macroecology
  • Resource limitation
  • Sustainability science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Nekola, J. C., Allen, C. D., Brown, J. H., Burger, J. R., Davidson, A. D., Fristoe, T. S., ... Okie, J. (2013). The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28(3), 127-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001

The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. / Nekola, Jeffrey C.; Allen, Craig D.; Brown, James H.; Burger, Joseph R.; Davidson, Ana D.; Fristoe, Trevor S.; Hamilton, Marcus J.; Hammond, Sean T.; Kodric-Brown, Astrid; Mercado-Silva, Norman; Okie, Jordan.

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 28, No. 3, 01.03.2013, p. 127-130.

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Nekola, JC, Allen, CD, Brown, JH, Burger, JR, Davidson, AD, Fristoe, TS, Hamilton, MJ, Hammond, ST, Kodric-Brown, A, Mercado-Silva, N & Okie, J 2013, 'The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 127-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001
Nekola JC, Allen CD, Brown JH, Burger JR, Davidson AD, Fristoe TS et al. The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2013 Mar 1;28(3):127-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001
Nekola, Jeffrey C. ; Allen, Craig D. ; Brown, James H. ; Burger, Joseph R. ; Davidson, Ana D. ; Fristoe, Trevor S. ; Hamilton, Marcus J. ; Hammond, Sean T. ; Kodric-Brown, Astrid ; Mercado-Silva, Norman ; Okie, Jordan. / The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2013 ; Vol. 28, No. 3. pp. 127-130.
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