Local socio-ecological systems are not isolated from the larger structures in which they are embedded. Detailed studies of ecosystem complexity, therefore, require an analysis of the global movements of capital which connect people, environments, and resources with distant places. The aim of the project is to produce a more nuanced and effective approach to modeling ecosystems which will make it possible to address questions of sustainability on a truly global scale.
We are endeavouring to develop an innovative framework that will allow for the creation of new representations of ecosystem complexity that are more sensitive to local ecological, social and cultural dynamics, and can explicitly address the multifaceted ways in which local environments and communities are affected by social and economic forces originating beyond the local level. This work will begin to broaden the lens through which modern ecosystem management initiatives, such as the Integrated Management (IM) approach promoted by Canada’s Oceans Act, are viewed.