Erle C. Ellis (艾尔青) Lab Director

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990
Associate Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
    Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Email: ece@umbc.edu      Google Scholar      ORCID ID
 
Landscape Ecology, Global Change & Sustainable Ecosystem Management

 

My research investigates the ecology of anthropogenic landscapes and their changes at local to global scales. Current work in my lab has three main foci: the global ecology and history of human landscapes (anthropogenic biomes), tools for global synthesis of local knowledge of landscape change (GLOBE), and inexpensive tools for measuring and managing ecological change across anthropogenic landscapes (Ecosynth, Anthropogenic Ecotope Mapping).  All of these come together in my main goal: informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene. My earlier work investigated ecological changes in ancient village landscapes across China in the transition from traditional to industrially-based agricultural systems. My teaching includes Environmental Science & Conservation (120), Landscape Ecology (305), Applied Landscape Ecology (405/605), Biogeochemical Cycles in the Global Environment (412/612) and Field Methods in Geography: Environmental Mapping (485/685).

 

The latest from our BLOG
human landscapes


Discovery Channel video about my research:
"Human influence on ecology mapped"

Jorge Ribas, December 14, 2007
The Anthropocene: a man-made world
Tea with the Economist (video):
Erle Ellis on the Anthropocene
Oliver Morton, May 26, 2011

Keywords: landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem management, resource management, sustainable agriculture, traditional agriculture, agroecosystems, agroecology, village-scale ecosystems, anthropogenic ecosystems, anthropogenic landscapes, human dominated landscapes, ecological history, agricultural history, ecotope, human ecology, China, observational uncertainty analysis, data quality, integration, ecological synthesis.

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