What are pathologies?

Lance Gunderson, Associate Professor in the department of environmental studies at Emory University, shares insights on his research of pathology. 

- In ecological systems, pathologies are about the erosion of resilience, because of other objectives like optimal solutions or efficiencies [focused on in management] there are parts of the system that are changing slowly, eroding the resilience of the system, Gunderson explains.

About Lance Gunderson
Lance Gunderson was born and raised in southern Florida. He attended the University of Florida, receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in Botany and a PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences.

He worked for over a decade as a botanist with the US National Park Service in the Big Cypress and the Everglades regions of southern Florida. He then worked for a decade as a research scientist in the Dept. of Zoology at the University of Florida. He was the founding chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University from 1999-2005.

He has served as the executive director of the Resilience Network, as Vice Chair of the Resilience Alliance and on the Science Advisory Board of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committee on Ecological Impacts of Road Density. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the online journal Ecology and Society. In 2007 he was named a Beijer Fellow, of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

His ongoing research interests are in two major categories:

1) understanding how ecosystem processes and structures interact across space and time scales and

2) how scientific understanding influences resource policy and management. His interests are in the human and institutional dimensions to resource ecology

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