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Renowned ecologist to receive honorary degree

October 04, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Buzz Holling
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Note: Holling is one of four distinguished individuals to be honored by SFU this week. Others include former Musqueam chief Wendy Grant-John, author William Deverell, and cellist Ian Hampton.

An honorary degree will be conferred on C.S. (Buzz) Holling On Friday, Oct. 7 (9:45 a.m.) during Simon Fraser University’s Fall Convocation.

Holling is a celebrated ecologist who first introduced the concept of resilience in ecological systems to describe their ability to resist and recover from natural and man-made disturbances. He is renowned for his work on ecosystem and social dynamics.

Born in the U.S. to Canadian parents, Holling grew up in Northern Ontario where he first became interested in nature. He received his B.A. and M.Sc. at the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

After several years with Forestry Canada, he was at various times, professor and director of UBC’s Institute of Animal Resource Ecology; director of Vienna’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; and the Arthur R. Marshall, Jr. Eminent Scholar Chair in Ecological Studies at the University of Florida, where he remains a professor emeritus.

Holling was made an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his pioneering contributions to the field of ecology, notably for his work on ecosystem dynamics, resilience theory and ecological economics.”

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a foreign fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science.


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