Human-Environment Interactions Research Under Conditions of Climate Change

A lecture by renowned anthropologist Dr. Emilio F. Moran, at the University of Miami

Coral Gables (August 25, 2010) — WHEN: Friday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Miami School of Communication, room 2055, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables campus

LECTURE SUMMARY: Beginning with human dimensions approaches, which were concurrent with the emergence of global circulation models and studies of climate change and earth system science, scientists have been trying to develop methods and theories appropriate to the emergence of this new reality. Approaches such as complexity theory and agent-based modeling are some of the ways proposed to deal with this challenge. These and other approaches are discussed in the context of how the speaker has seen these developments occur over the course of his career, and the directions he sees as likely to yield the best results in the years ahead. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO: Dr. Emilio F. Moran is an internationally recognized ecological and environmental anthropologist whose research has focused on aspects of the human dimensions of environmental change. He recently was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Appointed to the Indiana University faculty in 1975, Moran is also a professor of environmental science and an adjunct professor of geography.

WHY: Human-Environment Research represents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of how people interact with the physical environment. It has a legacy derived from earlier approaches such as cultural ecology, human ecology, ecosystem ecology, and more recently, human dimensions of global environmental change. The lecture is sponsored by the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (Abess Center), UM department of Anthropology, UM department of Geography and Regional Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies.

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