Keynote talk

TIPPING POINTS AND TRANSFORMATION IN COUPLED HUMAN-OCEAN SYSTEMS

Dr. Anne Salomon

Associate Professor
SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management

Anne Salomon is an Associate Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU and runs the Marine Coastal Ecology and Conservation Lab. She is a principle investigator with the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management, an interdisciplinary partnership with Coastal First Nations and the Hakai Beach Institute aimed at devising solutions to pressing coastal conservation problems.

Ecological surprises challenge science and society. While emerging evidence points to the existence of abrupt shifts in ecosystems worldwide, predicting when and where they will occur is notoriously difficult because unraveling their mysteries requires understanding both ecological and social phenomena that occur across different scales of space and time. By drawing on examples from kelp forests, ancient clam gardens and forage fish, while gleaning insights from ecological, archaeological and traditional knowledge, I will share our recent discoveries on these tipping points, how humans coped with them in the past, and how these strategies can inspire and catalyze solutions to the world’s environmental challenges of today.