Workshop for the Society and Environment - David Ribes
Event Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
November19, 2014: David Ribes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Culture, and Technology (CTT) Georgetown University, Washington D.C. “Anthropos in the City: An Historical Ontology of Urban Ecology.”
How does reframing the environment to include human habitats transform the scope of ecological science? This presentation will track the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network's studies over time. Since 1980, LTER has investigated field-sites which they defined as 'pure and pristine.' In 1997, LTER went through a dramatic change as it added two new urban field-sites, Baltimore and Phoenix. No longer a study of untouched natural ecologies, these novel investigations targeted 'human impacted environments.' This presentation will focus on this transition, and ask: how did ecology 'operationalize the human' at these fieldsites, and in turn, how did these fieldsites reshape the science?