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The Ecotone

Ecotone2014FrontCoverThe UO Environmental Studies graduate students produce and publish a journal on an annual basis. Initially titled the ESPress, the publication has been called The Ecotone since 1997.The Ecotone was first published under the editorship of Tony Leiserowitz, a former Environmental Studies graduate student. The term “ecotone” was selected to connote the rich diversity of perspectives on environmental issues from different disciplines.

Ecotone: a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, such as forest and grassland. It has some of the characteristics of each bordering community and often contains species not found in the overlapping communities. An ecotone may exist along a broad belt or in a small pocket, such as a forest clearing, where two local communities blend together. The influence of the two bordering communities on each other is known as the edge effect. An ecotonal area often has a higher density of organisms and a greater number of species than are found in either flanking community.

The journal provides a venue for communication and exchange within the Environmental Studies Program—among undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and facilitates cross-campus dialogue between disciplines and departments. The University of Oregon is home to a diverse array of environmental scholars, activists, artists, thinkers, designers, scientists, theorists, and researchers. The Ecotone hopes to engage this community in ongoing dialogue through its paper and online publications. To this end, The Ecotone, serves as a venue for sharing professional interests, discussing environmental concerns, and posting creative expressions.

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