So how do we mark the beginning of this human age?
Erle C. Ellis
Erle Ellis is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he directs the Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology. His research investigates the ecology of human landscapes from local to global scales with the aim of informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere. Recent work includes evolutionary theory explaining the emergence of human societies as a global force transforming the biosphere (Anthroecology), global mapping of human ecology and its dynamics (Anthromes), online tools for global synthesis of local knowledge (GLOBE) and inexpensive user-deployed tools for 3D landscape mapping (Ecosynth). He is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project and a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute. He teaches Environmental Science and Landscape Ecology at UMBC and taught Ecology as Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (2013-2015). His first book, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.