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Coupling Natural & Human Systems12th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting

Hosted by State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported this meeting! It was a great success.

Please check the AEES website for information on upcoming meetings.

June 7-9, 2012
ESF Campus
Syracuse, NY


Dr. Pat Kangas is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

He is the author of the foremost respected textbook in ecological engineering, Ecological Engineering: Principles and Practices, CRC Press. His research interests include systems ecology, the design and operation of constructed ecosystems, tropical conservation and sustainable development, and self organization in living and non-living systems.

Dr. Kangas has been involved with numerous ecological engineering projects domestically and internationally that include: greywater treatment at the Wee Wee Caye Marine Station in Belize, the Mars Greenhouse for studying biologically based wastewater treatment for the Mars Society's Desert Research Station in Utah, treatment of boat washwater in Baltimore Harbor and a floating lake restorer that was powered by a solar panel.

Charles  A.S. HallDr. Charles A.S. Hall is a Professor in the department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as an ESF Foundation Distinguished Professor. He has a BA in Biology from Colgate University, a MS in Zoology from The Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Zoology from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

His research interests have involved Systems Ecology: the application of integrative tools of science, including empirical simulation modeling, to the understanding and management of complex systems of nature and of people and nature.  Recently, his research focuses on energy which coalesces with EROI analysis and biophysical economics.  He has been featured in numerous publications and has coauthored a number of books.  His latest is entitled, Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy.

Dr. Hall has taught Systems Ecology and Geographical Modeling with his wife, Myrna, in Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica and Mexico.  He has also run workshops and seminar series in Italy, Finland and Sweden.

Oren  LyonsChief Oren Lyons is a Native American Earth keeper of the Wolf Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Born in 1930, he was raised in the culture and practices of the Iroquois on the Seneca and Onondaga reservations in Upstate New York. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University in 1958. A lifelong lacrosse player, Oren was an All-American at SU where the Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team went undefeated during his graduating year.

In recognition of his contributions over many years as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students in the University at Buffalo, Dr. Lyons is listed as SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor Emeritus of American Studies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Chief Lyons and his clansmen are committed to care for the Earth, just as the Earth cares for them. They offer thanksgiving ceremonies for the sun, moon, fruits, vegetables, corn, etc. and they respect and honor the Earth and what it gives us all. He has a firm belief in the youth of today and was quoted as saying, "The young generation can influence their elders and can make them understand the environmental problems that are faced by us today. The youth can make them see that our environment is deteriorating day by day."

What is the AEES Meeting?

We are excited to host the 12th annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting in Syracuse, New York. Our goal is to provide a forum for sharing ideas, information, and experiences among engineers, landscape architects, environmental scientists, natural resource managers, planners, and other professionals and students working to improve ecosystem health and global sustainability.

The conference focuses this year on a long-standing critical and central area of ecological engineering: Coupling Natural and Human Systems. We expect to have more than 200 presentations and posters focusing on ecological engineering applications in environmental restoration, wastewater and stormwater treatment, renewable energy, climate change adaptation, and sustainable food systems. The program will include invited speakers, roundtable discussions on emerging issues, posters and exhibits, field trips, and many networking opportunities. Student participation is a key element of the conference, with emphasis on design experiences and mentoring for our future ecological engineers.

Who Should Attend

The American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) works to promote the protection and development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with the natural environment for the benefit of both. Conference participants will include: environmental and ecological scientists, engineers; landscape architects; policy makers and planners; federal, tribal, state, and local government agency personnel; and private interests, environmental consultants, environmental interest groups, and students.

For information about ecological engineering from a student's perspective read this article from the Daily Orange-"...ecological engineering feels like taking the plastic slip covers off your grandmother's furniture and building a fort in the living room. It's something magic, a little irreverent and a marked improvement on the couches and chairs that were there before."

Conference Mission

The American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) shall promote the development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both by fostering education and outreach, extending professional development and associations, raising public awareness, and encouraging original research.

Important Conference Dates

November 8, 2011 - Call for Abstracts

February 15, 2012 - Abstract Deadline

March 15, 2012 - Notification of Acceptance

March 30, 2012 - Program Agenda published online

June 5 - 6, 2012 - Pre-conference Design Workshops

June 7 - 9, 2012 - AEES 12th Annual Conference

June 9 - 10, 2012 - Post Conference Camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains

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