Is What Humans Do Natural?

2010 US-IALE Twenty-fifth Anniversary Symposium

Athens, Georgia | April 5-9, 2010

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Meeting Theme

The annual symposium will be held in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education – Conference Center & Hotel on 5-9 April 2010. Approximately four hundred and fifty registrants are expected including IALE participants traveling from several countries.

Participants engaged in diversified disciplines and fields of study are welcome to join us in Athens, Georgia next spring to address societal problems in a transdisciplinary format. The 2010 US IALE symposium will provide a time for reflection on the history of landscape ecology, and perhaps paramount, a place for strategizing problem-solving methodologies relevant to our futures.

Landscape ecology had its beginnings in North America during the 1980s, when Gary W. Barrett, then Ecology Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), recommended funding for a workshop grant submitted by Paul G. Risser, James R. Karr, and Richard T. T. Forman. The workshop was held in Allerton Park, Piatt County, Illinois in April 1983 (f.i., Risser et al. 1984). The first annual symposium of United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US IALE) was held at the University of Georgia in January 1986. The late Frank B. Golley, Distinguished Research Professor, within the then Institute of Ecology and postdoctoral fellow Monica G. Turner (presently a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin and a member of the National Academy of Sciences) co-chaired the first annual meeting of US IALE. The first volume of the journal Landscape Ecology immediately followed this symposium with Frank B. Golley serving as Editor-In-Chief. The former Institute of Ecology is now the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology — the first stand-alone school of ecology in the nation.

In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United States Regional Association for the International Association for Landscape Ecology, we propose two questions to contemplate: What is the actualized contribution of Landscape Ecology when considered as a body-of-work; and What is the actualized contribution of your body-of-work regarding Landscape Ecology?

For those not prone to retrospection, we offer a question, as the theme of the twenty-fifth year celebration, Is What Humans Do Natural? René Huyghe (1962) suggested that humans relate to their environment through possession. By marking, we project ourselves onto the environment; and by capturing; humans annex the universe for themselves. Within real landscapesr, we extend ourselves from the first object that was selected for use as a tool, to the robot, or to the avatars that we implement in virtual landscapesv, such as cyberspace.

Proposals of scholarly work that (a) represent collaboration in unique pairings of disciplines that address questions in landscape ecology; and/or (b) demonstrate an inventive approach to technology such as GIS, that is relevant to landscape ecology, will be encouraged for 2010 symposia. Presentations may be articulated as prototype or model as well as the traditional poster or oral presentation.


Huyghe R (1962) Art forms and society. In: Heron M, Lambert C, Schurmann W (trans) Larousse encyclopedia of prehistoric and ancient art: art and mankind. Prometheus Press, New York, pp 5-12 (Originally from vol 1 of L’art et l’homme)

Risser PG, Karr JR, Forman RTT (1984) Landscape ecology: directions and approaches. Natural History Survey, Number 2, Champaign IL

Terry L Barrett and Gary W Barrett
Hosts and Program Chairs


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We are pleased to announce:

All US IALE Presidents and Editors of Landscape Ecology will be participating during the 2010 Anniversary Symposium.

Please join in celebration!

Online Registration

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Workshop Information

Please contact: Jeffrey A. Hepinstall-Cymerman jhepinstall<at>warnell.

To Poster Participants

Please review the below information that is highlighted regarding the dimension of your poster, and the submission of your digital poster (PDF). Accepted no later than 22 March 2010.

Design and layout specifications

  • Dimension of allocated exhibit space is 24 inches (Width) X 60 inches (Length) for each poster.
  • Recommended size for each vertical poster is 23 inches X 35 inches.

Guidelines for Poster Presentation
Once notified of poster acceptance each participant presenting a poster contribution is requested to email a PDF file of the final poster for online publication, and a copy of the accompanying abstract to iale2010<at>

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