- Friday, September 22, 2023
GIN D. WONG AUDITORIUM - HARRIS 101
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Eric Higgs’s pioneering research on ecological restoration has been transformational for both scientists and practitioners and he has brought international public and policy focus to restoring damaged ecosystems. A global leader who has long championed interdisciplinary science in the study of complex environmental challenges, his long-term mountain-based restoration field research has built the largest systematic collection of historic and repeat mountain photographs in the world - a unique research platform (explore.mountainlegacy.ca).
His 2003 book, Nature By Design, positioned ecological restoration as a design practice. Higgs was instrumental in developing the concept of “novel ecosystems,” which acknowledges the importance of, and challenges created by, historically unprecedented ecosystems arising from direct (e.g., development) and indirect (e.g., climate change) impacts. In the last two years Higgs has begun a collaboration with Christine Lintott Architects, a Victoria, Canada based interdisciplinary design firm to explore regenerative ecological design principles and practices. He is a Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.
See more about his work at erichiggs.ca