28th Macaulay Lecture - How much change can an ecosystem or society undergo and still function properly?
How much change can an ecosystem or society undergo and still function properly? Understanding the components and structures of systems is one thing, but knowing how to manage them in a desirable state for future generations is what lies at the heart of resilience management.
Dr Brian Walker is the Programme Director and Chair of the Board of Members for the Resilience Alliance. He is a distinguished research scientist in the field of ecosystem function and dynamics, based in the Sustainable Ecosystems Division at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia.
About the Lecture
The annual T.B. Macaulay Lecture is held to honour the vision of Dr Thomas Bassett Macaulay, President and Chairman of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, whose benefaction founded the original Macaulay Institute for Soil Research in 1930. He was a descendant of the Macaulays from the Island of Lewis and his aim was to improve the productivity of Scottish agriculture. This vision continues today in its successor the James Hutton Institute, a world leader in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economic science.