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Odum School of Ecology to host seminar, book signing, reception for Big Ecology

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology will host a seminar, followed by a reception and book signing, to celebrate the publication of Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science by David C. Coleman on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Ecology Auditorium.

Big Ecology: The Emergence of Ecosystem Science, published by the University of California Press, provides a personal overview of the history and development of the science of ecosystem ecology by someone who has played a key role in its evolution from the 1960s through today.Big Ecology covers the history of the science, including the International Geophysical Year, the International Biological Program, and the Long Term Ecological Research program, and looks ahead.The final chapter focuses on the future of ecosystem ecology: the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, the National Ecological Observatory Network, and Global Change studies.

Coleman, distinguished research professor emeritus in the Odum School, will discuss some of the highlights of his book, as well as the “big ecology” issues of concern today.

“This is a ‘view from the inside’ ecosystem textbook that covers the high points and the major personalities of the development of the science,” Coleman said of his book.”I’ve tried to convey the immediacy and excitement of doing ecosystem work, not just in the early days but also today. I hope the message comes across that the glorious days of ecosystem ecology are not all in the past.”

The seminar and reception are free and open to the public. Copies of Big Ecology will be available for purchase.