Erle Ellis-THE HANDOFF PROBLEM: Deconstructing the Social Construction of Nature

Myles H. Thaler Lecture in Landscape Architecture

Dr. Erle C. Ellis is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems and Director of the Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research investigates the ecology of anthropogenic landscapes and their changes at local to global scales. His current work has three main foci: human transformation of the biosphere, tools for global synthesis of local knowledge of landscape change, and inexpensive tools for measuring and managing ecological change across anthropogenic landscapes. Ellis’s earlier work investigated ecological changes in China’s village landscapes during the traditional to industrial agricultural transition. As a recent Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Ellis co-taught Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III. Ellis is currently a member of the Anthropocene Working Group, the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project, and is a Senior Fellow with The Breakthrough Institute.

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