Emilio F. Moran Lecture 12/8/2011

Pioneering anthropologist is 2011 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecturer

Michigan State University  12/02/2011 | Press release wired by noodls on 12/01/2011 15:39

Contact: Sue Nichols, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Office: (517) 432-0206,
Emilio F. Moran, an 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 called 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.

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 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.