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2014 Honorary Doctor of Science Recipient

C.S. (Buzz) Holling

C.S. (Buzz) Holling
C.S. (Buzz) Holling

One of Canada’s best-known forest entomologists, C.S. (Buzz) Holling gained international recognition for his work in the management of natural resources.

Dr. Holling was one of the first ecologists to recognize the connection between ecological and social systems. Throughout his research, he introduced important ideas in the application of ecology and evolution. His pioneering methods in adaptive ecosystem management paved the way for modern movements in sustainability and conservation.

Dr. Holling’s leadership in both academic research and social responsibility has transformed the world. Emeritus Eminent Scholar and Professor in Ecological Sciences at the University of Florida, Dr. Holling’s work is frequently cited in the fields of ecology, environmental management, ecological economics and the human dimensions of global change.

Dr. Holling obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1957 at the University of British Columbia and a Doctor of Science at the University of Guelph in 1998. His public prominence dates from his work at UBC, where he become a professor of zoology in 1967 and served as Director of the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology from 1969 to 1973.

He also served as Director of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna from 1981-1984.

Dr. Holling is a recipient of the honours of Officer of the Order of Canada and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a foreign Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Among other awards, he has received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science, the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America, and Kenneth Boulding Memorial Prize, International Society for Ecological Economics.