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Keith Tidball

Keith Tidball

Senior Extension Associate
Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA

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 ( 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 ( 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.

September 23, 2013
soldier w daughter drawing hand

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 in greening and ecological restoration activities. Those of us who work in urban settings are … Continue reading Outdoor Recreation, Restoration and Healing for Returning Combatants

April 24, 2013

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 of greening. This, of course, is of great interest to me. In my talk, I … Continue reading Mechanisms of Resilience & Other ‘Re-Words’ in Urban Greening

September 30, 2012

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 a piece called 19 Years, a one-minute Flash animation that depicts the more than 91 … Continue reading Greening in the Red Zone: Thoughts on Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening in the Peopled Landscape