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Linking Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Human Wellbeing for Sustainability: Research Challenges and Opportunities in China

Presenter: Prof. Jianguo(Jingle) Wu, Arizona State University
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Massry Center for Business B010

People pursue wellbeing, and the world is in search of sustainability. How is your science related to these common goals? How can you, as an ecologist or a geographer, contribute to achieving them? Why and what about China? In this presentation, I attempt to address these questions from a human-environmental systems perspective based on landscape sustainability science, with a particular emphasis on research challenges and opportunities in China. Based on theory and empirical studies, I will illustrate: Wellbeing is the essence of sustainability, and thus sustainability science is fundamentally a science of wellbeing; Landscapes are where we live, work, and play, and they represent a pivotal scale domain for understanding and improving human wellbeing which in turn requires linking biodiversity, ecosystems services, and human wellbeing in changing landscapes; and China plays an increasingly important role in the science and practice of sustainability.

[About the Presenter] 

Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science, School of Life Sciences & School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. B.S. (1982) in biology from Inner Mongolia University and M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in ecology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA. NSF postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and Princeton University (1991-1993). Research areas: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science. Authored 14 books and about 300 journal articles and book chapters Professional services: Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Ecology since 2005; Chair of Asian Ecology Section of Ecological Society of America (1999-2000); Program Chair of the US Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in 2001; Councilor-at-Large of US-IALE (2001-2003); Founding Director of Sino-US Center of Conservation, Energy and Sustainability Science (SUCCESS), Inner Mongolia University (2007-2012) and Center for Human-Environment System Sustainability (CHESS), Beijing Normal University (2012-). Major awards and honors include: 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 United States Association for Landscape Ecology (2010); Served with Distinction as Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Ecology from the United States Association for Landscape Ecology (2010); Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award from International Association for Landscape Ecology (2011); Distinguished Service Award from the United States Association for Landscape Ecology (2012); Outstanding International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award, The Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (2012).