This year’s Chautauqua Lecture Series will kick off with the Celebration of Science Week keynote address, a Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture, which will examine a new way of thinking about humans’ relationship to the natural world.
Oswald Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will present “The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene,” based on his popular book of the same title. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock building on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Schmitz has been selected as the keynote speaker for several prominent lecture series on ecology and conservation and earned several awards and fellowships. Most recently, he earned the Class of 2014 Teaching Award for Professor Most Exemplifying Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic; the Bronze Medal from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut; and the title of Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. In addition to “The New Ecology,” Schmitz has authored two books: “Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation” in 2007 and “Resolving Ecosystem Complexity” in 2010.