Dr. Richard TT Forman: Town Ecology: For the Land of Towns and Villages
Towns and villages pepper perhaps half the global land surface, where nearly half of us live, and upon which everyone depends daily. The novel subject of town ecology highlights towns (e.g., 2000-30,000 residents) interacting with surrounding productive land or water, natural land, and villages. Is town/village anatomy universal? Surface runoff from town usually limited? Biodiversity rich? Floods characteristic? An intensively used adjacent zone present? Is shrinkage a motif, good or bad? Are there solutions? Does town ecology promise new university courses, major research areas, and better towns, better land?
Richard T. T. Forman, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, is often considered a "father" of landscape ecology and also road ecology, helps spearhead urban ecology, and recently pioneered town ecology. His primary scholarly interest links science with spatial pattern to interweave nature and people on the land. Other research interests include changing land mosaics, conservation, and land-use planning. With a Haverford College B.S., University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., and two honorary doctoral degrees, he now teaches ecology in the Harvard Graduate School of Design and formerly also in Harvard College. He taught at the Escuela Agricola Panamericana, University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University, and received the Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He served as President or Vice-President of three professional societies, and has received honors/awards in France, Colombia, England, Italy, China, Czech Republic, Australia, and the USA. Internationally, he deciphers spatial patterns from cities to wilderness, and catalyzes the spread of ecological ideas and applications for society.Professor Forman has authored numerous articles and books.
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