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The resilience of ecosystems

April 15, 2009

This lecture sponsored by CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability is a perfect prologue to Earth Week. Environmental Studies Professor Lance Gunderson's lecture will be one that students and scholars in ecology, wildlife ecology, conservation biology, sustainability, public policy, and related fields won't want to miss.

How our ecosystems rebound

Ecological resilience
Friday, April 17, 3-5 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Room 210 

According to Emory University Professor Lance Gunderson, the earth's ecosystems have an intrinsic ability to snap back from "localized disturbances." 

Gunderson feels that if we understand the adaptive mechanisms that ecosystems have, we are in a better position to give them a hand-up. How well we manage large ecosystems depends on how thoroughly we understand their adaptive systems.

Gunderson will give a talk titled, Foundations of Ecological Resilience on Friday, April 17 from 3-5 p.m. at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center, room 210.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  

Gunderson: Expertise in systems ecology

Gunderson is a systems ecologist interested in how people assess, understand, and manage large ecosystems. He has worked as a research botanist for the U.S. National Park Service in south Florida, a research scientist at the University of Florida and chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

He is a Beijer Fellow with the Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics, Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. Gunderson will also speak about the Holling branch of resilience; he is co-authoring a book by the same title to be released by Island Press in early summer.

Gunderson's book contains a collection of articles that describe key contributions to the idea of ecological resilience during the past 30 years. Gunderson has also co-edited books including, Foundations of Ecological Resilience, to be published later this year.  


Gunderson is as a guest of CSU’s Institute for Society, Landscape and Ecosystem Change Research working group sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability


Foundations of Ecological Resilience, co-edited by Lance Gunderson, is a collection of the most important articles on the subject of ecological resilience—those writings that have defined and developed basic concepts in the field and help explain its importance and meaning for scientists and researchers.

The book’s three sections cover articles that have shaped or defined the concepts and theories of resilience, including key papers that broke new conceptual ground and contributed novel ideas to the field; examples that demonstrate ecological resilience in a range of ecosystems; and articles that present practical methods for understanding and managing nonlinear ecosystem dynamics.

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