Urban Ecology Science, Resources Next to Cities, and Where to Add a Billion People
Richard T.T. Forman (Stuckeman School - 2016 Landscape Architecture John R. Bracken Fellow)
The Department of Landscape Architecture's 2016 John R. Bracken Fellow, Richard T.T. Forman – who often is considered a father of landscape ecology and road ecology, and now spearheads urban ecology – will deliver the Bracken Lecture onWednesday at 6:00PM in the Stuckeman Jury Space. This event is free and open to the public.
Lecture Title: Urban Ecology Science, Resources Next to Cities, and Where to Add a Billion People
Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov 09, 6:00PM
Location: Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space (First Floor)
Forman, a research professor at Harvard University, received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Haverford College and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Pennsylvania, after which he served two years as an American Friends Service Committee volunteer in Guatemala and Honduras. His scholarly roots are in plant, avian, and forest ecology. His coauthored 1986 book, Landscape Ecology, was the first synthesis of modern landscape ecology. Forman’sLand Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions extended the vision to include regions and catalyzed landscape ecology’s widespread growth. He later coauthoredLandscape Ecology Principles for Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning, which highlighted applications for society, and later he used landscape ecology to understand coastal and urban regions.
Forman explores town ecology internationally, highlighting interactions between towns and surrounding agricultural and natural lands. Ongoing research/writing includes urban areas, simple spatial models, changing land mosaics, conservation, and land-use planning.
He relishes teaching and student learning, often highlighting ways to use the principles for improving the land around us. Currently, he teaches Harvard’s graduate Urban and Town Ecology course.
This event is free and open to the public.