Tom Wessels

Ecologist & Professor Emeritus at Antioch University New England

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England where he founded the master's degree program in Conservation Biology. As a generalist, Tom's interests include forest, desert, alpine, and arctic ecosystems, geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape and culture. His background in ecology and complexity allow Tom to apply the principles of self-organization and co-evolution as a means to examine human systems such as the workings of an organization or even an economic system. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics. His forthcoming book—Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia—will be released by The University Press of New England during the spring of 2017. Tom has conducted ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for more than three decades.