Larry Gorenflo, professor of landscape architecture and geography (courtesy appointment) and the Stuckeman Chair in Design, is presenting a lecture at 6 p.m. on April 3 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.
Gorenflo, who also oversees the intercollege minor in environmental inquiry at Penn State, is internationally recognized for research that seeks opportunities for integrative conservation efforts. His research interests focus on how people adapt to their natural and cultural surroundings, in both present and past contexts and at scales usually ranging from landscapes to regions. Much of this work involves how people use geographic space.
Currently, Gorenflo is conducting research on the co-occurrence of globally Important natural landscapes and Indigenous languages to identify opportunities to conserve both biological and cultural diversity.
His lecture examines indigenous presence on UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, focusing on global inquiries as well as studies of particularly challenging conservation settings in Australia and Africa. High levels of co-occurrence present opportunities to integrate indigenous people into the conservation of nature through reserve design and management to maintain the human ecological presence that helped create these high visibility natural landscapes in the first place.