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Biologists, historians, and social scientists discover the reciprocal relationships among people and the Hudson River.

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R. Waldman, 313–34. New York: Cambridge University Press. CHAPTER 3 SYMBIOSES BETWEEN BIOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS Lucille Lewis Johnson ABSTRACT shaped the valley and its species, and the historical factors that have led humans to act in certain ways toward the valley; and thus change the valley in ways that are often detrimental and require further intervention to correct. For at least one million years, humans and our immediate ancestors have interacted with the environments within which they operate through the use of technology, which can be seen as humanity’s speciesspecific adaptive mechanism.

Reciprocally, changes made in keystone species such as the beaver must have required changes in uses that human communities made of those ecosystems as well as changes in the methods humans used to exploit their ecosystem resources. For thirteen thousand years the Native American groups lived along the Hudson River; Lenape in the southern and coastal portion, and Mahicans north of the Hudson Highlands. These groups fished the waters, hunted the forests, and created river-related cultures. When Europeans came to the area, they too created a culture that relied on the river and its surrounding ecosystems.

In an interesting twist, Vispo and Knab-Vispo (ch. 12) examine how the humanly created landscape of Columbia County mimics, in many ways, the natural landscape it replaces. While there have been dramatic changes in the river’s shape due to transportation concerns, and to valley lands, both above the ground as plant communities have changed and changed again, and structural, as mining has resculpted much of the valley, human uses of the shoreline have effected even greater changes, as the next set of papers demonstrates (Fig.

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