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Title :【《国際ワークショップ》報告】Islands as Conservation Laboratories : Possibilities for International Institute for Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukus
Authors :Danoff-Burg, James A.
Issue Date :30-Mar-2012
Abstract :The Ryukyu island chain, and the University of the Ryukyus in particular, are uniquely suited to create a novel approach to islands studies in the southwest Pacific islands. The human and ecological history of the island chain has made it a hub of biodiversity and commerce for the western Pacific, a fact that is reflected in the current complement of biological diversity. The Ryukyus could serve as a laboratory in which to study many island conservation theories that have direct comparability with New York City, including the relationship between human movements historically and current biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, urbanization, centers of origin, invasive species impacts, and the impact of military exercises on biodiversity. Interestingly, the geographic distribution of the human population on Okinawa in particular mirrors that of Long Island, New York. Given that Long Island includes the eastern part of New York City (the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens) and that the impact of urbanization decreases to the east, in a manner identical to Okinawa (but to the northeast), New York and Okinawa may be considered ecological analogues. Many comparative studies between these two islands are conceivable. Because of their geographic locations and research focus of the faculty, Columbia University and the University of the Ryukyus could possibly be important long-term collaborators. I look forward to the opportunity of being a part of this collaboration.
Type Local :会議発表論文
ISSN :2186-7933
Publisher :琉球大学国際沖縄研究所
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/30014
Citation :国際琉球沖縄論集 = International Review of Ryukyuan and Okinawan Studies no.1 p.51 -55
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