Professor to speak on agrobiodiversity and indigenous knowledge

March 16, 2012

Karl Zimmerer, head of the Geography Department at Penn State, will present "Indigenous Knowledge and Human-Environmental Change: The Farming and Potential Sustainability of High-Agrobiodiversity Food Plant Complexes amid Intensifying Global Trends" at noon on March 21, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. This is the latest talk in the ongoing Interinstitutional Consortium of Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) Seminar Series, cosponsored by the Social Sciences Library and ICIK.

Zimmerer will highlight the crucial role of indigenous knowledge in global "hotspots" of farmers and high-agrobiodiversity agriculture subject to recent trajectories of dynamic global systems -- both socioeconomic development and environment, especially climate-related, changes -- and how to address these trends through conservation and sustainability policies and approaches. His presentation is free and open to the public and can be viewed live online at

Zimmerer is a geographer and an environmental and earth-systems scientist, whose research, teaching and outreach are centered on global human-environmental change. His main academic focus is the analysis and advance of sustainability transitions built on integrating the social sciences and ecology of land use (especially agriculture), food and development. He has published new research breakthroughs on indigenous knowledge, agrobiodiversity, and global change that include articles in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (2010), Professional Geographer (2010), Global Environmental Change -- Human and Policy Dimensions (2011), and Latin American Research Review (2011). He also has published four books, most recently "Globalization and the New Geographies of Conservation" (2006, University of Chicago Press). Zimmerer’s work also is featured in an article in the November 2011 issue of Smithsonian magazine.

For more information about the ICIK Seminar Series, or to view past presentations online, see online.



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