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Anthropogenic Behavior Change- Series 10

Updated: Apr 19

The Symposium

During the 2023 Animal Behavior Society Conference, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend many of the talks from a symposium at the conference on Anthropogenic behavior change. I got very excited and tracked down one of the organizers of the symposium, Dr. Liz Peterson. I was very pleased that she was excited to work with me to develop the symposium into a podcast series. So what is Anthropogenic Change...

A Scientist with a Prairie Dog
Dr. Liz Petereson

Anthropogenic Behavior Change refers to the changes in wildlife behavior brought about through human made changes to the environment. Anthropogenic environmental change refers to alterations in the natural environment brought about by human activities. These changes encompass a wide range of impacts, from the emission of greenhouse gases leading to global climate change, to deforestation, pollution of air, water, and soil, and the depletion of natural resources. Human actions such as industrialization, urbanization, agriculture, and transportation have intensified these environmental changes, disrupting ecosystems and biodiversity on a global scale.


The consequences of anthropogenic environmental change are profound and far-reaching. They include shifts in weather patterns, rising temperatures, sea-level rise, loss of biodiversity, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and degradation of ecosystems.

A mtn with wildfire
Wix Media- Wildfire

These changes not only threaten the stability and resilience of natural systems but also have significant implications for human societies, including impacts on food and water security, public health, economic stability, and social well-being. Addressing anthropogenic environmental change requires concerted efforts at local, national, and global levels, including policy interventions, technological innovations, and changes in individual behavior to mitigate further damage and promote sustainability.

Why is it Important to Understand

It is crucial to discuss anthropogenic environmental change because of its profound impacts on both the natural world and human societies. Understanding and addressing anthropogenic change is essential for several reasons:

Multiple roads in a wooded area
Wix Media- Habitat Fragmentation

Environmental Sustainability: Anthropogenic activities are driving unprecedented environmental degradation, threatening the health and stability of ecosystems. By acknowledging and discussing these changes, we can work towards sustainable practices that preserve natural resources and biodiversity for future generations.

Climate Change Mitigation: Human-induced climate change poses one of the most significant challenges of our time. Talking about anthropogenic contributions to climate change is essential for developing strategies to mitigate its impacts, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to renewable energy sources, and implementing adaptation measures.

Public Health: Anthropogenic environmental change can directly impact human health through factors like air and water pollution, exposure to toxins, and the spread of vector-borne diseases. By addressing these issues, we can improve public health outcomes and enhance overall well-being.

Socioeconomic Impacts: Environmental degradation disproportionately affects vulnerable communities and exacerbates social inequalities. Discussing anthropogenic change helps raise awareness of these injustices and promotes equitable solutions that prioritize the needs of all people, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Toi Toi Grass, Flax and NZ Trees
Photo by Marika Bell- Toi Toi Grass in New Zealand

Policy and Action: Public discourse on anthropogenic environmental change is essential for driving policy changes and collective action at local, national, and global levels. By engaging in dialogue and advocacy, individuals and communities can influence decision-making processes and foster positive environmental outcomes.

Talking about anthropogenic environmental change is vital for fostering awareness, driving action, and shaping a more sustainable and resilient future for both the planet and its inhabitants.

Series will debut in May 2024

(This blog post was based on an AI generated script and edited by me for accuracy and additional information)

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