The Oct. 28 Math+Science+x Seminar features UH West Oʻahu’s own Dr. Albie Miles, assistant professor of sustainable community food systems. He will discuss current findings in the scientific literature on agroecology and point to specific measurable strategies through which the long-term ecological sustainability of agriculture may be enhanced and sustained.
While modern agriculture has proven remarkably productive, it has simultaneously generated a range of unintended ecological and social impacts of global concern. Agriculture is the key driver of global environmental change, significantly influencing greenhouse gas emissions, biological diversity, water and soil quality, soil erosion, carbon sequestration, pollinator viability and human health. A more ecologically restorative and resilient form of agriculture is urgently needed to enhance agro-ecosystem function, protect human health, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and help human society adapt to the inevitable impacts of anthropogenic climate change. Decades of research now show that ecologically-based agriculture can meet global food production needs sustainably and efficiently.
The seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. in E243. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Math+Science+x Seminar sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Math and Science departments.
Dr. Albie Miles
Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His natural science research explores the synergies between farming system biodiversity and the provisioning of globally important ecosystem services from agriculture. His social science research explores the socio-economic and political obstacles to a more ecologically sustainable and socially equitable food system. Dr. Miles has held posts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the University of California at Santa Cruz.