- The essence of resilience has to do with the ebullient surprises that you encounter. Surprises are those things that are not explained obviously by the theory you contain at the moment, Holling explains.
About Buzz Holling
C. S. (Buzz) Holling is Emeritus Eminent Scholar and Professor in Ecological Sciences at the Uni-versity of Florida. He was among the first ecologists to recognize the importance of nonlinear dynamics.
His 1973 paper on the resilience of ecological systems had a substantial impact within ecology and other natural and social sciences. He has also contributed important ideas to ecological management, including Adaptive management and the Adaptive Cycle.
More recently his work on the cross-scale structure and dynamics of ecosystems has been highly influential. This work resulted in the 2002 book Panarchy: understanding transformations in human and natural systems.
Holling is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a foreign Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science and a num-ber of other awards.
He was founding editor-in-chief of the open access on-line journal Conser-vation Ecology, now renamed Ecology and Society. He was also the founder of the Resilience Alliance.