Seminar: Elena Bennett

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:00pm

Elena Bennett

Professor and CRC (Tier 1) Chair in Sustainability Science, McGill University, Canada

Monitoring, modelling, and managing multiple ecosystem services
in Canada’s working landscapes

The current scale, rate, and intensity of anthropogenic change is unprecedented, and has evoked broad discussion about how these changes will affect the future of the planet. Indeed, we are unnecessarily threatening our own security by undermining natural capital and the provision of ecosystem services.

In this talk, Dr. Elena Bennett will show how the science of ecosystem services can be used to guide natural resource management and limit anthropogenic change while providing for human well-being, focusing on examples from Canada’s agricultural landscapes.


Dr. Elena Bennett is Professor and CRC (Tier 1) Chair in Sustainability Science at McGill University. Her work focuses on the interactions among ecosystem services and how we can manage those for more multifunctional working landscapes. She was the leader of the Montérégie Connection project that worked with stakeholders to understand the role of landscape connectivity in the provision of a dozen ecosystem services and how those might change across a range of future scenarios. She is now leading ResNet, a large NSERC Strategic Network that builds on the Montérégie Connection to compare ecosystem service provision in six exemplar working landscapes across Canada. Her most recent work focuses on using radical transformative experiments in society as ‘seeds’ to improve storytelling and sense-making about how we might achieve a “good Anthropocene”.

Dr. Bennett was a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2012), and a Trottier Public Policy Professor (2013-2014).  She won the Macdonald Campus Award for (Undergraduate) Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision in 2013. She was an NSERC EWR Steacie Fellow (2017 -2019) and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.


To receive the login information for this virtual seminar, please contact Terri Tippets at ttippets@carnegiescience.edu.