Eric Berlow is an ecologist, complexity scientist, and speaker who specializes in not specializing. In an increasingly interconnected world, this TED Senior Fellow helps simplify things. Berlow untangles nature's complexity – the web of species interacting with each other and their environment – to determine how complex systems persist and predict how they change when disturbed.
Complex problems are a lot like natural ecosystems: They have many moving parts that all potentially interact with one another. Consider the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or the challenge of globally sustainable energy, food, and water security. Berlow helps uncomplicate these compound problems by identifying the key influencers – the problems that most need to be solved. On stage, Berlow helps audiences embrace complexity, reshape the way they look at problems, and unlock creativity.
Berlow is internationally recognized for highly cited publications on ecological complexity in nature, science, and the proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He was the founding director of the University of California's first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park, where he continues to research climate-change impacts to protected ecosystems and endangered species. Berlow is the co-founder of mappr – a cloud-based interactive network visualizer and calculator for finding hidden patterns and connections in complex relationship data. The affiliated mapprlabs leverages mappr to help untangle complex problems that hold the promise of exceptional positive impact for humanity.
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