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Coupled Human and Environmental Systems

 March 14-15, 2016; Washington, D.C.
 Organized by Alison Galvani, Lord Robert May, Simon Levin, Burton Singer, Madhur Anand and Chris Bauch


This colloquium was held in Washington, D.C. on March 14-15, 2016.

The goal of this colloquium is to bring together researchers joined by an interest in using the paradigm of coupled human-natural systems to advance our understanding of ecosystem and human health. Research on coupled human-environment systems has often been conducted separately in ecology, epidemiology, geography and other fields for many years, depending on the study system of interest. Bringing together groups from these disciplines will facilitate collaborations and synergies that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines, resulting in greater progress than would not be possible with these groups working in isolation from one another.

Videos of the talks are availble on the Sackler YouTube Channel here.


Monday, March 14

Welcome remarks and overview, Simon Levin, Princeton University

Alan Hastings, University of California, Davis, Time scales and population biology: implications for the dynamics of coupled human and environmental systems

Stephen J. Walsh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Process Understanding in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: Interactions of Social, Terrestrial, and Marine Sub-systems in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

David N. Fisman, University of Toronto, Untangling Environmental Influence on Infection Risk in High Income Countries: Problems of Scale, Complexity and Geography

Bryan Grenfell, Princeton University, Intrinsic and Extrinsic Drivers and the Dynamics and Control of Acute Immunizing Infections

Alison Galvani and Meagan Fitzpatrick, Yale University, One-health approach to rabies control

Thayer Scudder, California Institute of Technology, Large Dams versus Free Flowing Rivers

Madhur Anand, University of Guelph, Complex dynamics in mosaic ecosystems

Gretchen Daily, Stanford University, Valuing Nature in Decision-Making

General Discussion/Q & A, Burton Singer, University of Florida

16th Annual Arthur M. Sackler Lecture
Introduction, Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University, Enough with the doom and gloom! Holistic approaches bring hope for people and the ocean

Tuesday, March 15

Scott Barrett, Columbia University, Transnational & Global Challenges

Marc Mangel, University of California, Santa Cruz, Whales, Science, and Scientific Whaling in the International Court of Justice

Jeffrey Townsend, Yale University, Climatic and evolutionary drivers of phase shifts in the plague epidemics of colonial India

Nina Fefferman, Rutgers University, The Invasion Ecology of Diseases in a Human Environment

Chris Bauch, University of Waterloo, Critical transitions in coupled human-environment systems: the example of vaccine refusal

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University, Role of Mobility, Control, and Times Scales on the Dynamics of Epidemiological Systems and Public Health Policy Implications

Concluding remarks, Burton Singer, University of Florida

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