Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00pm
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HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

HUCE Special Seminar

“Maximum Information Entropy: A Foundation for Ecological Theory” with John Harte, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley. Lunch is provided. 

John Harte is a physicist turned ecologist. His research interests span ecological field research, the theory of complex systems, and policy analysis. Current interests include applying insights from information theory to the analysis of complex ecosystems and empirical investigation of climate-ecosystem feedback dynamics. His research investigates the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biogeochemical processes, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, and climate. He also conducts policy studies that attempt to connect the science to its societal implications. Two themes, feed-back and scaling, weave through much of his research. He received a BA in physics from Harvard University in 1961 and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1965. He was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow at CERN, Geneva, during 1965–66 and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, during 1966–68. He has served on six National Academy of Sciences Committees and has authored over 200 scientific publications, including eight books, on topics including biodiversity, climate change, biogeochemistry, and energy and water resources.

Contact Name: 

Erin Harleman

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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