Location changed for UGA’s international systems ecology symposium

Athens, Ga. – “Systems Ecology: A Network Perspective and Retrospective,” a symposium organized in honor of Professor Emeritus Bernard C. Patten of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will take place April 12-14 in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. Originally scheduled for the Ecology Building, the symposium has been moved to accommodate on-campus parking for the Jason Aldean concert on April 13.

Patten, who retired in 2012 after almost 44 years at UGA, is a leading figure in systems ecology. Working with his students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty colleagues at UGA, he developed a formal system theory of the environment that uses network mathematics to represent and analyze energy-matter flows and stocks in ecosystems. He used this framework to lead a 12-year systems ecology study of the Okefenokee Swamp. Patten was named a Regents Professor in 1984 in recognition of his distinguished and innovative scholarship.

The symposium is sponsored by the Odum School and cosponsored by Elsevier, the International Society for Ecological Modelling and the UGA College of Engineering.

For updated information on the symposium location and other details, see www.ecology.uga.edu.