Emilio F. Moran, a ground-breaking ecological/environmental anthropologist will deliver the 2011 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on Dec. 8 in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus.
As an anthropologist, Moran’s research focuses on how people and the
environment interact in complex and sometimes unanticipated ways. His
more than 30 years of scholarly study of that interaction have put him
at the forefront of a new interdisciplinary field: environmental
anthropology. Moran is one of only a few anthropologists worldwide to
study the importance of the human dimensions of global environmental
change. He also is recognized as one of the first social scientists to
integrate geographic information systems into anthropological research.
Moran is the Rudy Professor of Anthropology and Distinguished Professor
and serves as director of the Anthropological Center for Training and
Research on Global Environmental Change at Indiana University.
"Dr. Moran is one of the world's leading scholars on
human-environment interactions," said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, MSU University
Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife, who holds the Rachel
Carson Chair in Sustainability. He also is director of the MSU Center
for Systems Integration and Sustainability. "Rachel Carson would be
pleased that Dr. Moran was invited to present the 2011 Rachel Carson
Moran also will receive an honorary degree while on campus.
Moran’s lecture “Rethinking Human-Environment Interactions” is
presented by the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability and
the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and supported by the National
Science Foundation; the MSU offices of the President, Provost and Vice
President for Research and Graduate Studies; the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources; and MSU AgBioResearch.
The lecture, which is open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. and be followed by a reception.
The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series is a platform for
prominent scientists and scholars to share their ideas about global
challenges and opportunities with MSU students, faculty, staff and the
general public. Previous speakers have included Elinor Ostrom, the first
woman to win the Nobel Prize in economic sciences; William Clark,
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and
Human Development at Harvard University; Ruth DeFries, Denning Professor
of Sustainable Development at Columbia University; Simon Levin, Moffett
Professor of Biology at Princeton University; Billie Lee Turner II,
Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society at Arizona State
University; and Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden.