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    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
    Fig 7

    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 tornado took 161 lives and destroyed homes, businesses, churches, hospitals, and landscapes, generating nearly 3 … Continue reading Joplin Tornado Anniversary Marks Civic Ecology Successes

    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
    Re-words

    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
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    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