Professor, Environmental Sciences
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Dr. Peterson has a degree in Systems Design Engineering for the University of Waterloo, Canada and received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1999
He is a board member of the Resilience Alliance, subject editor for Ecology and Society, and was a coordinating lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
He has authored or co- authored over 30 scientific articles and 25 book chapters
Garry Peterson is Professor in Environmental Sciences with key focus on resilience in social-ecological systems.
While people depend upon the benefits they receive from nature, our actions are undercutting the ability of nature to produce these benefits.
Dr. Peterson's research addresses this problem by working to improve people's ability to ensure a reliable supply of the ecosystem services that support human well-being. He uses complex systems theory, spatial analysis, and the synthesis of social and ecological data, to develop theory and practical understanding that people can use to better manage the ecosystems they live within.
His specific research areas are:
1) understanding of how abrupt changes can occur in social- ecological systems
2) interactions among ecosystem services over time and across space
3) connecting quantitative models and narrative based scenario planning
Dr. Peterson has a degree in Systems Design Engineering for the University of Waterloo, Canada and received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1999. Following post-doctoral positions at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara and the Centre for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, he has been an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of Geography and the McGill School of the Environment at McGill University in Canada since 2003, where he held a Canada Research Chair.
He has taught adaptive management, environmental modelling, and environmental research courses. He has been at the Stockholm Resilience Centre since summer 2008. He also has a 20% position in Physical Geography at Stockholm University.
He is a board member of the Resilience Alliance, subject editor for Ecology and Society, and was a coordinating lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. In 2008 he received the Ecological society of America's Sustainability Science. He has authored or co- authored over 30 scientific articles and 25 book chapters.
Research news | 2016-11-25
Amid rapid change, new Arctic Resilience Report identifies 19 tipping points and need to prepare for surprises
Research news | 2016-10-05
Global examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future published
Research news | 2016-02-29
Centre’s approach to social-ecological systems helps support UN biodiversity assessment
Research news | 2016-02-20
How scenarios can help IPBES envision the future of the world's ecosystems
First in-depth analysis of a resilience assessment put into practice
Centre researcher Garry Peterson explains
Key note presentation during the 2015 PECS conference
Centre researcher Sara Borgström explains the research project Ekoklim, featured as 14 scientific articles in Ambio
2016 - Journal / article
The scale, rate, and intensity of humans’ environmental impact has engendered broad discussion about how to find plausible pathways of development that hold the most promise for fostering a better future in the Anthropocene. However, the dominance of dystopian visions of irreversible environmental degradation and societal collapse, along with overly optimistic utopias and business-as-usual scenarios that lack insight and innov...
2016 - Journal / article
What does the future hold for the world’s ecosystems and benefits that people obtain from them? While the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has identified the development of scenarios as a key to helping decision makers identify potential impacts of different policy options, it currently lacks a long-term scenario strategy. IPBES will decide how it will approach scenarios at its plena...
2015 - Book chapter
As both the societies and the world in which we live face increasingly rapid and turbulent changes, the concept of resilience has become an active and important research area. Reflecting the very latest research, this book provides a critical review of the ways in which resilience of social-ecological systems, and the ecosystem services they provide, can be enhanced. With contributions from leaders in the field, the chapter...
2015 - Journal / article
Increased interest in managing resilience has led to efforts to develop standardized tools for assessments and quantitative measures. Resilience, however, as a property of complex adaptive systems, does not lend itself easily to measurement. Whereas assessment approaches tend to focus on deepening understanding of system dynamics, resilience measurement aims to capture and quantify resilience in a rigorous and repeatable way. ...