This book addresses critical issues of changing ecology and ecosystems consequent on urbanisation, globalisation, climate change, and human cultural influences. Human-induced and natural climate changes and globalisation accelerate hybridisation; anthropogenic influences causing disturbance, nutrient enrichment, habitat replacement (formation and destruction), and global dispersal of species. The ecological processes driving changes are ‘natural’ mechanisms of ecological successions and changes, and of species and ecosystem hybridisation or adaptation. Today species mix at rates unprecedented in biodiversity evolution history; with the ‘Anthropocene’, the latest great evolutionary epoch, nature adapts to a new canvas and changed template. The dramatic and largely unrecognised consequence is hybridisation of both species and ecology.-.
1. An introduction to the concept of recombinant ecology -- 2. An historical perspective of ecological hybridisation -- 3. The impacts of urbanisation -- 4. The impacts of globalisation & cultural severance -- 5. Climate change & ecological hybridisation -- 6. Future nature & the consequences of recombination.