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Invited talk: Landscapes, cities, and sustainability, Prof. Jianguo Wu, 2024-04-30

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24 April 2024, 10:39 AM

[HES-UPD joint seminar]

Speaker: Prof. Jianguo (Jingle) Wu, Dean’s Distinguished Professor, Arizona State University

Host: Prof. Johannes Knops

Date: 2024-04-30

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Room: ES125

Title: Landscapes, cities, and sustainability


Landscapes are where biodiversity and ecosystems reside and function. Landscapes are where people live, work, and play. Landscapes are where people and nature interact and coevolve. Cities, or urban landscapes, are quintessential examples of coupled human-environmental systems. Academics claim their disciplinary territories, but problems in real landscapes completely ignore and absolutely scorn disciplines. So, to make our landscapes beautiful, resilient, and sustainable, landscape scientists and practitioners of all kins need to work together more collaboratively than ever before. Yes, sustainability is the theme of our time (albeit the world seems going crazy at the moment!). Almost everything is relevant to sustainability, but ecology and geography provide the “material linchpin” for harmonizing wellbeing aspirations from us with ecosystem services from nature. I argue that this people-nature harmony can best be achieved on the landscape scales through research, design and planning, and coproduction of knowledge. If we can’t make our landscapes more sustainable, global sustainability is never to be achieved! In this talk, I’ll discuss how we can link landscape patterns to biodiversity, ecosystem services, human wellbeing, and landscape governance and design/planning to promote landscape sustainability.

Brief Bio: 

Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science, School of Life Sciences & School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA. B.S. (1982) in ecology from Inner Mongolia University and M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in ecology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA. National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University (1991-1992) and Princeton University (1992-1993). Research areas: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science. Authored/edited 20 books and more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters. Total citation: 60,613; H-index: 109 (Google Scholar).

Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Ecology since 2005, and Editorial Board member for several international journals. Other services: Chair of Asian Ecology Section of Ecological Society of America (1999-2000); Program Chair of US Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in 2001; Councilor-at-Large of IALE-North America (2001-2003); Founding Director of Sino-US Center of Conservation, Energy and Sustainability Science (2007-2012). Awards and honors: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for International Scientific Cooperation (2006); Elected AAAS Fellow (2007); Leopold Leadership Fellow (2009); Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award from US Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) (2010); Served with Distinction as Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Ecology from US-IALE (2010); Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award from International Association for Landscape Ecology (2011); Distinguished Service Award from US-IALE (2012); Elected Fellow of Ecological Society of America (2019); IALE Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service (2023). Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (2019: Environment and Ecology and 2020 – present: Cross-Field).


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I look forward to seeing you there!


Best Regards,


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