Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

Date: November 3, 2015
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus UTAS
Churchill Ave, SANDY BAY


A lecture presented by Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden: saving nature in a post-wild world.

Emma Marris, a professional science writer, has produced an eminently reasonable, well-researched, and engagingly written defence of the notion that human beings have changed the world and the most sensible way to deal with that is to manage it for the greatest good. She demonstrates very convincingly that communities and ecosystems have always been in flux as the physical world changes around them. The idea of freezing them at some arbitrary moment in time is as wrongheaded as it is impractical. Shortly after Marris’s book appeared there was a flurry of articles in the professional literature advancing precisely the same ideas. Among the best are Carroll (2011. Evolutionary Applications 4:184–199) and Thomas (2011. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26:216 –221). But Marris got there first, and with luck her wise words will be read and acted upon far and wide.


Enquiries: Ted Lefroy (03) 6226 2626

Hosted by the Centre for Environment.

Event audience: Everyone

  • Ecology
  • environment
  • Philosophy