Agriculture in the Anthropocene: Growing a Sustainable Human Ecology

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Date/Time:Monday, 29 Oct 2012 at 8:00 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Channel:Lectures Program
Categories:Lectures, Live Green
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Ecologist Erle Ellis agrees and studies how our use and transformation of the earth, including agriculture, is a primary driver of global changes in climate, biodiversity and biogeochemistry. Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture.

There is growing scientific consensus that humans have now forced the planet into a new geological epoch: The Anthropocene. Erle Ellis has developed a scientific approach to mapping the human footprint, including tools that link human and ecological change processes on a small scale with their global causes and consequences. He is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This presentation will characterize the emergence and history of agriculture as a global force transforming the Earth system, while demonstrating the vast potential for agricultural systems to continue evolving ever greater benefits for both humanity and our planet's ecological heritage.