18 Sep

The Ecological Human

by Jennifer Dunne
Sept. 16, 2015
2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series – The Web of Life and the Ecological Human

Jennifer Dunne at SFI 2

Lecture 2 – See the video

Traditionally, most ecological research has studied ecosystems as separate from humans. In her second lecture, Dunne shows how humans fit into and impact ecosystems through their myriad interactions with other species. She then explores how the science of ecological networks can help meet the pressing need to understand the roles of humans in ecosystems, particularly in terms of resource use and consumption. With examples from pre-industrial hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies, she will explore potential lessons for modern humans in fostering a more sustainable future.

18 Sep

The Hidden Order of Complex Ecosystems

by Jennifer Dunne
Sept. 15, 2015
2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series – The Web of Life and the Ecological Human

Jennifer Dunne at SFI

Lecture 1 – See the video

Dunne shares surprising findings from her research of food webs, the networks of who eats whom in nature. After revealing hidden ecological order, she explores the underlying forces that constrain and organize ecosystems across hundreds of millions of years, from the explosion of biodiversity in the deep-time Cambrian period, long before the dinosaurs, to the deteriorating condition of ecosystems in the present day. She then describes characteristics that can fortify ecosystems against species loss and environmental change.