Burba Lecture: Tipping Points and Transformation in Coupled Human-Ocean Systems
Presented by Anne Salomon, PhD
Associate Professor and Hakai Professor
Simon Fraser University
Ecological surprises challenge science and society. While emerging evidence points to the existence of abrupt shifts in ecosystems worldwide, predicting when and where they will occur is notoriously difficult because unraveling their mysteries requires understanding both ecological and social phenomena that occur across different scales of space and time. By drawing on examples from kelp forests, ancient clam gardens and forage fish, while gleaning insights from ecological, archaeological and traditional knowledge, Salomon will share her recent discoveries on these tipping points, how humans coped with them in the past, and how these strategies can inspire and catalyze solutions to the world’s environmental challenges of today.
Photo credit: Mark Wunsch
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908