About....... the ecosystem approach

Material from James Kay and graduate students

A schematic of the ecosystem approach.   

Introductory Material

Kay. J., Regier, H., Boyle, M. and Francis, G. 1999. "An Ecosystem Approach for Sustainability: Addressing the Challenge of Complexity" Futures Vol 31, #7, Sept. 1999, pp.721-742.

Kay, J.J., 1994, "The Ecosystem Approach, Ecosystems as Complex Systems and State of the Environment Reporting", prepared for North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation , State of the North American Ecosystem meeting, Montreal, Canada. 8-10 December, 1994, 42 pages.

Kay, J, Schneider, E.D,. 1994, "Embracing Complexity, The Challenge of the Ecosystem Approach", Alternatives Vol 20 No.3 pp.32- 38

A tutorial version of the talk "An Ecosystem Approach for Sustainability: Addressing the Challenge of Complexity"
Presented at:

Waltner-Toews D., Kay, J., Murray, T., 2001. "Adaptive Methodology for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health (AMESH): An Introduction". In Gerald Midgley & Alejandro E. Ochoa-Arias (Eds.) Community Operational Research: Systems Thinking For Community Development, Plenum Press.

The Ecosystem Approach To Ecosystem Management by Andy Crobe, fourth year thesis, 1999 (Includes an extensive annotated bilbiography.)

Presentations

Material from the International Society for the Systems Sciences meeting in Toronto, July 2000, including the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability Health presentations. (updated 22 July, 2000)

About complexity and an ecosystem approach

A tutorial version of the talk "An Ecosystem Approach for Sustainability: Addressing the Challenge of Complexity"
Presented at:

The following are PDF files of different powerpoint versions of the above talk:
More Specialized Material

Kay. J. 2000. "Ecosystems as Self-organizing Holarchic Open Systems: Narratives and the Second Law of Thermodynamics" in Sven Erik Jorgensen, Felix Muller (eds), Handbook of Ecosystems Theories and Management, CRC Press - Lewis Publishers. pp 135-160

Kay, J., Boyle, M., "A hierarchical conceptual model for discussing the relationships between natural ecosystems and societal systems" for Drake, J.A., C.R. Zimmermann, S. Gavrilets, and T. Fukami (eds), Complexity Emerging: a paradigm for ecological thought. Columbia University Press.

Schneider, E.D, Kay, J.J., 1994 "Complexity and Thermodynamics: Towards a New Ecology", Futures 24 (6) pp.626-647, August 1994

Kay. J., Regier, H., 1999. "An Ecosystem Approach to Erie's Ecology" in M. Munawar, T.Edsall, I.F. Munawar, (eds), International Symposium. The State of Lake Erie (SOLE) - Past, Present and Future. A tribute to Drs. Joe Leach & Henry Regier, Backhuys Academic Publishers, Netherlands, pp.511-533

Regier, H.A., Kay, J.J., 1996 "An Heuristic Model of Transformations of the Aquatic Ecosystems of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin", Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health, Vol. 5: pp.3-21

by graduate students

  • Dean Bavington, 1998 THE IATROGENIC EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: SERVICING A NEEDY NATURE? (Dean is A Ph.D.student of S. Slocombe in Geography at WLU. This paper argues against the notion of environmental or ecological management as a corrupt idea, a position I strongly support!) PDF File, (72K)

    About Ecological Integrity

    Kay. J., Regier, H., 2000. "Uncertainty, Complexity, And Ecological Integrity: Insights from an Ecosystem Approach", in P. Crabbe, A. Holland, L. Ryszkowski and L. Westra (eds), Implementing Ecological Integrity: Restoring Regional and Global Environmental and Human Health, Kluwer, NATO Science Series, Environmental Security pp. 121-156.

    S. Woodley, J. Kay, G. Francis (Eds.), 1993. Ecological Integrity and the Management of Ecosystems, St. Lucie Press, Delray, Florida,

    Kay, J.J., 1993, "On the Nature of Ecological Integrity: Some Closing Comments" in S. Woodley, J. Kay, G. Francis (Eds.), 1993. Ecological Integrity and the Management of Ecosystems, St. Lucie Press, Delray,Florida, pp.201-212.

    Kay, J.J., Schneider, E.D., 1992. "Thermodynamics and Measures of Ecosystem Integrity" in Ecological Indicators, Volume 1, D.H. McKenzie, D.E. Hyatt, V.J. Mc Donald (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ecological Indicators, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elsevier, pp.159-182.

    Kay, J.J., 1991. "A Non-equilibrium Thermodynamic Framework for Discussing Ecosystem Integrity", Environmental Management, Vol 15, No.4, pp.483-495

    "About ecological integrity." presented at the course on Ecosystem theory-application in environmental management of aquatic systems, at The Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 June, 2000.

    About Ecological Health

    Waltner-Toews D., Kay, J., 2002. "An Ecosystem Approach to Health", LEISA, 18:1, in press, March 2002.

    See also David Waltner-Toews home page for several insightful papers on ecosystem health, especially:
    VanLeeuwen, J.A., Waltner-Toews, D., Abernathy, T., Smit, B. 1999. Evolving models Of human health toward an ecosystem context. Ecosystem Health, 5: 204-219.

    Monitoring:

    Boyle, M., Kay. J., and Pond, B., 2001. Monitoring in Support of Policy: an Adaptive Ecosystem Approach, in Munn, T., (editor in chief), Vol.4 Encylopedia of Global Environmental Change, London, John Wiley and Son. pp.116-137.

    A talk on monitoring given at Next Generation Indicators workshop, State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, Buffalo, N.Y., 23 October, 1998

    by graduate students

    M. Boyle

    Boyle, M., "An Adaptive Ecosystem Approach to Monitoring: Developing Policy Performance Indicators for Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources", Masters Thesis, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, 1998.

    Boyle, M., Kay, J.J., Pond, B. 1996. "The State of the Landscape Reporting: The Development of Indicators for the Provincial Policy Statement Under the Land Use Planning and Protection Act". prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 81 pages.

    Boyle, M., Kay, J.J., 1996. "State of the Landscape Reporting: A Background Literature Review and Database on Monitoring and Indicators" prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 101 pages. PDF file (256k)

    R. Martell

    Masters Thesis: "The participatory design of an ecosystem approach to monitoring in support of sense-making: What's the Point?, Masters Thesis, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, By Richard J. Martell, 1999; (rjmartell@telus.net)

    Multiscale monitoring: An overview of six Canadian initiatives (Acrobat PDF 202K, 39pp.)

    Case Studies and Applications

    Huron Natural Area project:

    Kay, J.J., 1994, "The Ecosystem Approach Applied to the Huron Natural Area", prepared for Environment Canada, State of the Environment Reporting, Ottawa, Canada. 12 pages

    by graduate students

  • Oxley, Kate, "Education in Support of the Ecosystem Approach at the Huron Natural Area", Masters Thesis, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, 1998.
    Synopsis of the thesis

    Documentation from the The Huron Natural Area ecosystem planning and management project

    Ucayali District in Peru
    W Murray, T., Kay, J., Waltner-Toews D., Raez-Luna, E.; 2002. "Linking Human and Ecosystem Health on the Amazon Frontier: An Adaptive Ecosystem Approach", Aguirre, A. A., R. S. Ostfeld, C. A. House, G. M. Tabor and M. C. Pearl (eds.), Conservation Medicine, : Ecological Health in Practice Oxford University Press. (Chapter 23, in press)

    Chennai, India

    Bunch, Martin An Adaptive Ecosystem Approach to Rehabilitation and Management of the Cooum River Environmental System in Chennai, India Ph.D., Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 2000
    (Supervisor: D. Dudycha, Geography; J. Kay was a committee member, includes a review of Checkland's Soft Systems approach, adaptive mangement, complexity and the ecosystem approach.)

    Chesapeake Bay

  • "The Management of Complex Sociobiophysical Systems: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Chesapeake Bay Program , Masters Thesis, Department of Geography, Wilfred Laurier University, By Daniel D. McCarthy, 1999
    (Supervisor: S. Slocombe, Geography; J. Kay was a committee member and currently is Dan's Ph.D. supervisor)

    Aquaculture

    Dean Bavington, 2000 From Hunting to Farming: Exploring the Development of Industrial Aquaculture in Newfoundland and Labrador from a Complex Systems Perspective.(Dean is A Ph.D.student of S. Slocombe in Geography at WLU and I have the pleasure of being on his committee. This paper won theCanadian Policy Research Awards Graduate Prize, 2000) PDF File, (684K)

    Bibliographies and Reviews

    Bibliography for my ecosystem course.

    An annotated bilbiography on The Ecosystem Approach To Ecosystem Management by Andy Crobe, fourth year thesis, 1999

    Course Materials

    A course in ecosystem thinking.


    Material from the Dirk Gently gang

    David Waltner-Toews home page with several of his agroecosystem case studies.

    Material from other sources

    Robert Ulanowicz's home page

    Ludwig, D., B. Walker, and C. S. Holling. 1997. Sustainability, stability, and resilience. Conservation Ecology [online]1(1): 7. Available from the Internet. URL: http://www.consecol.org/vol1/iss1/art7

    The on-line journal Conservation Ecology

    The journal ecosystems

    Societies