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Sustainability research

Steve Carpenter on science, scenarios and the fast evolving Anthropocene

Interviewed during the 2015 PECS conference

Professor Steve Carpenter serves as the Director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology.  He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

He is a leader of whole-ecosystem experiments and adaptive ecosystem
management focused on freshwaters. Topics include trophic cascades and
their effects on production and nutrient cycling, contaminant cycles,
freshwater fisheries, eutrophication, nonpoint pollution, ecological
economics of freshwater, and resilience of social-ecological systems.

Professor Carpenter is Chair of the Science Committee for the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society of the International Council of Science (PECS). He is co-Editor in Chief of Ecosystems, and a member of governing boards for the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies.

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The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a Future Earth core-project (jointly sponsored by ICSU and UNESCO). PECS aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.

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