Two interacting forces influence all populations: the Malthusian dynamic of exponential growth until resource limits are reached, and the Darwinian dynamic of innovation and adaptation to circumvent these limits through biological and/or cultural evolution. The specific manifestations of these forces in modern human society provide an important context for determining how humans can establish a sustainable relationship with the finite Earth.
|Title||The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization|
|Authors||Jeffrey C. Nekola, Craig D. Allen, James H. Brown, Joseph R. Burger, Ana D. Davidson, Trevor S. Fristoe, Marcus J. Hamilton, Sean T. Hammond, Astrid Kodric-Brown, Norman Mercado-Silva, Jordan G. Okie|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Trends in Ecology and Evolution|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Fort Collins Science Center|