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The Gliessman chair, one of the most recently endowed chairs on campus, was announced Friday July 17 at a celebration of the first endowed chair, the Ruth and Alfred E. Heller Chair in Agroecology founded in Environmental studies professor Stephen R. Gliessman held it until his retirement five years ago.
The past meets the present and looks toward the future. Income from endowed chairs provides funding for faculty salaries and research support including graduate fellowships. An international search has begun to recruit the first holder of the Gliessman chair. Alfred E. The event was part of Agroecology World Fair Day held in conjunction with the 16th annual International Shortcourse in Agroecology that Gliessman organizes each year and attracts nearly three dozen researchers and practitioners from around the world.
Heller recalled how he came to fund the first endowed chair. He met with English gardener Alan Chadwick in the s at the campus garden where Chadwick transformed three acres of poison oak and brush into organic horticulture. I was sold.
The environmental studies board proposed a new program in agroecology with the farm and garden as its headquarters. Gliessman became holder of the Heller chair in , the year after he joined the campus.
He subsequently wrote the textbook "Agroecology," which has just been released in a third edition. Gliessman said the agroecology movement has expanded from literally planting fields to the entire food system. The course alternates between a U. Sign up. You are here News Gift funds new chair in water resources and food sustainability. Alfred Heller's garden visit Heller recalled how he came to fund the first endowed chair.
This was before John learned to dominate Spanish, and before I understood what the heck he was talking about! John has had profound impact on my formation first as an ecologist, and then, my formation as an agroecologist. We are both what might be called self-proclaimed agroecologists. This began with the basic question of why is there more diversity in the tropics that we asked over and over again in OTS Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach courses from It moved from questions about nature to questions about agriculture during my sojourn as resident farmer ecologist at Finca Loma Linda in Coto Brus, Costa Rica in , and visits from his team of ecologists beginning to ask questions about how ecology and agriculture could mix. We linked forces when we tried to bring agroecology into OTS in and with the Tropical Agroecology summer course in Costa Rica.
Stephen R. Gliessman
Agroecología: procesos ecológicos en agricultura sostenible