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  • Keith Tidball

    Keith Tidball

    Dr. Keith Tidball is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources where he serves as Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab (civicecology.org/) and Program Leader for both the Nature & Human Security Program and the Communities and Urban Forests Extension Program. He is also the New York State Coordinator for NY EDEN (emergencypreparedness.cce.cornell.edu). Tidball’s research is focused on the interactions between humans and nature in the context of disasters and war. He is particularly interested in how these interactions relate to social-ecological system resilience, or in other words, how humans and their interactions with nature are related to a system`s ability to bounce back after being disturbed.

    June 3, 2015

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    Joplin Tornado Anniversary Marks Civic Ecology Successes
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    On May 22, 2011, a devastating EF-5 tornado forever changed the Midwestern cities of Joplin and Duquesne. The tornado was ½ mile to ¾ of a mile wide and traveled nearly thirteen miles, with winds estimated at 200 mph. The...

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    September 23, 2013

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    Outdoor Recreation, Restoration and Healing for Returning Combatants
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    In the recently released book Greening in the Red Zone, I and many of my colleagues argued that people who have recently experienced surprise, shock and other perturbations (such as created by disasters and war) often demonstrate a significant interest...

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    April 24, 2013

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    Mechanisms of Resilience & Other ‘Re-Words’ in Urban Greening
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    I recently gave a talk at the Horticulture Society of New York’s annual Healing Nature Forum: Planting the Seeds of Health and Sustainability. As could be expected, there was a lot of talk about Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, and the role...

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    September 30, 2012

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    Greening in the Red Zone: Thoughts on Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening in the Peopled Landscape
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    At the international conference Resilience 2008, which gathered more than 600 leading scientists, business leaders and politicians in Stockholm, Sweden, I was struck by the Changing Matters art exhibit that explored resilience themes. One of the artists, Jon Brunberg, shared...

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