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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Folke, Carl
Location Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Primary Field Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Secondary Field Human Environmental Sciences
 Election Citation
Folke made critical contributions to concepts of resilience -- the capacity of a social-ecological system to maintain flows of ecosystem services despite major disturbances. He produced unparalleled syntheses of ecology, economics, and political science to show how resilience in multiple domains depends on interactions between natural resources and governance.
 Research Interests
Carl Folke's work emphasizes that humans and our societies are embedded parts of the biosphere dependent on its life-supporting ecosystems, while simultaneously shaping them from local to global scales and from the past into the future. Since the mid-1980s he has broken new grounds in understanding the dynamic interplay of humans and nature, of economy and ecology, and developed research on social-ecological systems and resilience thinking from management and stewardship of ecosystem services in the seas and on the land to global sustainability. His work has illustrated how progress, prosperity and wellbeing will benefit from reconnecting development to the biosphere.

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