On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., the Department of Landscape Architecture's 2016 John R. Bracken Fellow, Richard T.T. Forman, will deliver a lecture titled, "Urban Ecology Science, Resources Next to Cities, and Where to Add a Billion People," as part of the Stuckeman School lecture series. This lecture is free and open to the public.
NOTE: The Department of Landscape Architecture will provide Pennsylvania Clock Hour certificates (1 total hour) for any PA-DE ASLA members who attend this education program.
Richard T.T. Forman, a research professor at Harvard University, is often considered a “father” of landscape ecology and road ecology, and now helps spearhead urban ecology.
Forman received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Haverford College and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Pennsylvania, after which he served two years as an American Friends Service Committee volunteer in Guatemala and Honduras. His scholarly roots are in plant, avian, and forest ecology.
His coauthored 1986 book, Landscape Ecology, was the first synthesis of modern landscape ecology. Forman’s Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions extended the vision to include regions and catalyzed landscape ecology’s widespread growth. He later coauthored Landscape Ecology Principles for Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning, which highlighted applications for society, and later he used landscape ecology to understand coastal and urban regions.
Forman explores town ecology internationally, highlighting interactions between towns and surrounding agricultural and natural lands. Ongoing research/writing includes urban areas, simple spatial models, changing land mosaics, conservation, and land-use planning.
He relishes teaching and student learning, often highlighting ways to use the principles for improving the land around us. Currently, he teaches Harvard’s graduate Urban and Town Ecology course.