Erle C. Ellis

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990
Associate Professor
211 Sondheim Hall
Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Research Interests

Landscape Ecology, Global Change, Sustainable Landscape Management

Research Focus

My research investigates the ecology of human-managed ecosystems at local and global scales towards the goal of informing sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene.

Recent projects

• GLOBE: Online tools for global synthesis of local knowledge
Ecosynth: Inexpensive tools for scanning landscapes in 3D
• Anthromes (anthropogenic biomes): global analysis of human/ecosystem interactions
• Anthropogenic Ecotope Mapping: High-resolution ecological mapping of anthropogenic landscapes
Measuring long-term changes in land use and biogeochemistry across rural China

Selected Publications

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Ellis, E. C., J. O. Kaplan, D. Q. Fuller, S. Vavrus, K. Klein Goldewijk, and P. H. Verburg. 2013. Used Planet: A Global History. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(20):7978-7985.

Dandois, J. P. and E. C. Ellis. 2013. High spatial resolution three-dimensional mapping of vegetation spectral dynamics using computer vision. Remote Sensing of Environment 136:259-276.

Ellis, E. C., E. C. Antill, and H. Kreft. 2012. All is not loss: plant biodiversity in the Anthropocene. PLoS ONE 7:e30535.

Ellis, E. C. 2011 Anthropogenic transformation of the terrestrial biosphere. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 369(1938):1010-1035.

Ellis, E. C., K. Klein Goldewijk, S. Siebert, D. Lightman, and N. Ramankutty. 2010. Anthropogenic transformation of the biomes, 1700 to 2000. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(5):589-606.

Ellis, E. C. and P. K. Haff. 2009. Earth Science in the Anthropocene: New Epoch, New Paradigm, New Responsibilities. EOS Transactions 90(49):473

Ellis, E. C., N. Neerchal, K. Peng, H. S. Xiao, H. Wang, Z. Yan, S. C. Li, J. X. Wu, J. G. Jiao, H. Ouyang, X. Cheng, and L. Z. Yang. 2009. Estimating long-term changes in China’s village landscapes. Ecosystems 12 (2):279-297

Ellis, E. C., and N. Ramankutty. 2008. Putting people in the map: anthropogenic biomes of the world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(8):439-447.

Selected Recent Presentations

Ellis, E.C., 2012. Agriculture in the Anthopocene: Growing a Sustainable Human Ecology. Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. Iowa State University, October 29, 2012, Ames, Iowa USA.

Ellis, E.C., 2012. [plenary] Ecology in the Anthropocene: Observing, Understanding, and Embracing Human Nature. The Long Term Ecological Research Network All Scientists Meeting, September 10- 13, 2012, Estes Park, CO, USA.

Ellis, E.C., 2012. Emergence and Stewardship of the Anthropocene Biosphere. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, July 15 – 18, 2012, Oakland, CA, USA.

Ellis, E.C., 2012.  The Anthromes Project: Biosphere as Infrastructure for the Anthropocene. Landscape Infrastructure: Systems and Strategies for Contemporary Urbanization Symposium, February 27 – March 24, 2012, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Ellis, E.C., 2011.  Anthropogenic Biomes and Conservation beyond Protected Areas. Biodiversity Institute Symposium – Biodiversity Conservation Beyond Protected Areas, September 21-22, 2011, Oxford, UK

Ellis, E. C., 2011. Emergence and Sustainability of the Anthropogenic Biosphere. Anthropocene Conference, The Geological Society of London, May 11, 2011, London, UK.

Courses Taught

GES 120: Environmental Science & Conservation
GES 305: Landscape Ecology
GES 405/605: Applied Landscape Ecology
GES 412/612: Biogeochemical Cycles in the Global Environment
GES: 485/685: Field Methods in Geography: Environmental Mapping