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Eric Higgs is a Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria (Canada), and served as Director of the School from 2002 to 2010. His research focuses on ecological restoration in a changing world: How do we intervene appropriately in ecosystems undergoing rapid change? His approach is interdisciplinary, ranging from hands-on fieldwork in historical ecology, to applied policy work and conceptual issues in ecological restoration (for example, see two of his more recent books, Nature By Design: People, Natural Process, and Ecological Restoration, MIT Press, 2003; Novel Ecosystems (co-edited with Richard Hobbs and Carol Hall), Wiley 2013). Higgs’ work is anchored by a long-term research project studying landscape change in Canada’s mountainous ecosystems using the largest systematic set of historical mountain photographs in the world (mountainlegacy.ca).
His teaching is a reflection of his scholarly work: courses in environmental studies, ecological restoration and ecological design. His previous long-term appointment was in Anthropology at the University of Alberta (1990-2001), and has held visiting and short-term appointments at the University of Western Australia, University of Waterloo, Oberlin College, MIT, and the University of British Columbia. From 1995-2000 he served as Secretary, and later Vice-Chair and Chair (2000-2004) of the Society for Ecological Restoration.