This lecture is based on personal and professional lessons learned during a 50-year career by Prof. Patricia (Pat) Werner as a field ecologist, academic, and public servant, and where she was almost always the only woman in the work place.
Seismic changes in the Earth’s natural systems, brought about by global warming and environmental change, present humans with a radically new physical environment. Successful navigation and survival in this terrain requires a new conceptual compass which is calibrated to its times.
Based on a brief introduction to food system challenges, the presentation will consider plausible future food demand and the consequences for health, society and environment. It will then consider the nature of shocks and stresses, concluding with considerations relating to enhancing food system resilience.