Topic: Land Systems in the Anthropocene: Why Humans Transformed Earth
Speaker: Dr. Erle C. Ellis
Brief introduction to the speaker:
Dr. Erle Ellis is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he directs the Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology (http://ecotope.org). His research investigates the ecology of human landscapes at local to global scales towards informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene. His recent work characterizes long-term global changes in human ecology (anthromes; anthroecology), online tools for global synthesis of local knowledge (GLOBE) and user-deployed tools for mapping landscapes in 3D (Ecosynth). He teaches environmental science and landscape ecology at UMBC, and has taught ecology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.