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Lance GundersonProfessor


  • BS, Botany, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • MS, Botany, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • PhD, Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


Professor Gunderson was a botanist with the US National Park Service in the Big Cypress and the Everglades regions of southern Florida, and a research scientist in the Dept. of Zoology at the University of Florida. He was the founding chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University from 1999-2005.

He has served as the executive director of the Resilience Network, as Vice Chair of the Resilience Alliance and on the Science Advisory Board of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committee on Ecological Impacts of Road Density. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Ecology and Society (

In 2007 he was named a Beijer Fellow, of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, (

His ongoing research interests are in two major categories: 1) understanding how ecosystem processes and structures interact across space and time scales and 2) how scientific understanding influences resource policy and management. His interests are in the human and institutional dimensions to resource ecology.

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Cosens, B. and L. Gunderson (Eds).  2018.  Practical Panarchy: Linking Law, Resilience and Adaptive Water Governance of Regional Scale Social Ecological Systems.   Edited volume. Springer.

Gunderson, L., B. A. Cosens, B. C. Chaffin, C. A. (Tom) Arnold, A. K. Fremier, A. S. Garmestani, R. Kundis Craig, H. Gosnell, H. E. Birge, C. R. Allen, M. H. Benson, R. R. Morrison, M. C. Stone, J. A. Hamm, K. Nemec, E. Schlager and D. Llewellyn. 2017. Regime shifts and panarchies in regional scale social-ecological water systems. Ecology and Society 22 (1):31. [online] URL:

Chaffin, B, L. Gunderson and B. Cosens (eds.) 2017. Practicing Panarchy: Assessing Legal Flexibility, Ecological Resilience, and Adaptive Governance in U.S. Regional Water Systems Experiencing Climate Change, special feature in Ecology and Society.

Baho, D. L., C. R. Allen, A. Garmestani, H. Fried-Petersen, S. E. Renes, L. Gunderson and D. G. Angeler. 2017. A quantitative framework for assessing ecological resilience. Ecology and Society 22 (3):17. [online] URL:

Sendzimir, J. P. Magnuszewski, L. Gunderson. 2018. Adaptive management of riverine socio-ecological systems: learning, administration, and governance.  Chapter 19, Riverine Ecosystem Management. S. Schmutz, J. Sendzimir, (eds).  Springer.