Alexander von Humboldt at 250: Humanistic Science for the Anthropocene
Dr. Stephen T. Jackson
Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
US Geological Survey
University of Arizona
Abstract: 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. Virtually every aspect of the earth and environmental sciences can be traced back to Humboldt’s pioneering work. He developed the world’s first inclusive scientific society, and organized the first international scientific monitoring network. Although he’s recognized today for his scientific contributions, Humboldt was also a humanist, with influences on the arts, humanities, and political philosophy that can be recognized in the 21st Century. His integrative, humanistic science can provide a vision as well as inspiration for addressing the challenges of global environmental change.
Biography: Stephen T. Jackson is Director of the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and a multi-university consortium led by the University of Arizona. In this position, he works to foster effective engagement between researchers and resource-management decision-makers. He is also Adjunct Professor of Geosciences and of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Arizona. Before assuming his current position in 2012, he was at the University of Wyoming, where he was founding Director of the Program in Ecology and is now Professor Emeritus of Botany.