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Defining the Anthropocene
2016-12-15 20:28:55 Read:Print

 Erle Ellis gave a lecture entitled “Sociocultural Regime Shift and Ecological Change in the Anthropocene” at Nanjing institution of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Science at November 1st 2016. In this seminar, Erle present results on the causes, consequences and dynamics of this unprecedented anthropogenic global change and its role in the emergence of the Anthropocene. 

Erle Ellis is the lead author of a comment piece on defining the Anthropocene, which was published this month in Nature. Ellis et al. argue that the causes of Earth's transition are human and social, therefore scholars from those disciplines must be included in its formalization.


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. He is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project and a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute. His research investigates the ecology of human landscapes at local to global scales with the aim of informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere. Recent work includes evolutionary theory explaining the emergence of human societies as a global force transforming the biosphere (Anthroecology), global mapping of human ecology and its dynamics (Anthromes).