Post-Anthropocene Conservation

Trends Ecol Evol. 2020 Jan;35(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.10.006. Epub 2019 Nov 26.


Conditions capable of supporting multicellular life are predicted to continue for another billion years, but humans will inevitably become extinct within several million years. We explore the paradox of a habitable planet devoid of people, and consider how to prioritise our actions to maximise life after we are gone.

Keywords: Anthropocene; climate change; conservation prioritisation; extinction; novel ecosystems.

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Humans