Brian Walker lectured at the University of Zimbabwe for six years and was professor of ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, until 1985, when he moved to Australia as chief of the Division of Wildlife and Ecology at CSIRO. He currently is a research fellow in the CSIRO Division of Ecosystem Science, chairs the board of the Resilience Alliance, is a fellow in the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics in Sweden, and has a part-time appointment in the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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Resilience, in the context of the earth’s ecosystems, is defined as the capacity to absorb a shock, reorganize, and continue to function as before. This basic ability is often taken for granted by the global economy, and yet evidence is mounting that crucial ecosystems are in decline. Without a rethinking of how we use the […]

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