Dr. William J. Mitsch has been Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park, and Juliet Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2012. He is Professor Emeritus of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University from 1986 to 2012. He is Founding Director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at OSU. His research and teaching have focused on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, wetland creation and restoration, ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration, and ecosystem modeling. He has authored or co-authored over 600 publications, reports, abstracts and books, including 4 editions of the popular textbook Wetlands. He is editor-in-chief of the international journal Ecological Engineering and was Chair of the 1992 INTECOL Wetland Conference and EcoSummit 2012. In August 2004 he was awarded the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize for lifetime achievements in modeling, management, and conservation of lakes and wetlands. He is also awarded the Einstein Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists (2007), and the Theodore M. Sperry Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration International (2005).
讲座题目：Creating and restoring wetlands: from Olentangy to Everglades
Ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration are defined first. Then several case studies of wetland creation/restoration on long-term and/or large-scale are reviewed. These include three coastal systems Indian Ocean mangroves, Louisiana (USA) Mississippi River Delta, and Delaware Bay salt marshes; and three watershed projects: the Mississippi-Ohio-Missouri (MOM) river basin; the Mesopotamian Marshlands (Iraq) and the Florida Everglades. Conclusions are made from 35 years of personal experience developing and observing wetland ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration from an academic and professional point of view:
• The restoration field need to become more apparent and transdisciplinary,
• Restoration ecology, as currently practiced, needs to provide more allowance for emerging ecosystems,
• Design and problem solving on mega-ecological problems are needed more than ever,
• Ecological engineering controlled only by engineers will ultimately fail,
• Engineers and scientists both need to recognize the importance of Mother Nature (self-design) and Father Time in designing functional ecosystems.
Time：14:30p.m.-16:30p.m., Friday, July 18th
Place：the meeting room in 6th floor, School of Environment