Richard T. T. Forman is the PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology at Harvard University, where he teaches ecological courses in the Graduate School of Design and in Harvard College. His primary scholarly interest is linking science with spatial pattern to interweave nature and people on the land. Often considered to be a “father” of landscape ecology and of road ecology, he also helps catalyze urban-region ecology and planning.
Other research interests include changing land mosaics, conservation and land use planning, netway system for transportation, and urban ecology. He received a Haverford College B.S., University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Miami University, and honorary Doctor of Science from Florida International University. He formerly taught at Rutgers University and the University of Wisconsin, and received the Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He served as president or vice-president of three professional societies, and has received awards and honors in France, Colombia, England, Italy, China, Czech Republic, Australia, and the USA. He catalyzes the international flow of ideas in ecological science and related fields for society, while deciphering the widespread patterns of nature and us.
Professor Forman has authored numerous articles, and his books include Landscape Ecology (1986), the award-winning Land Mosaics (1995), Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning (1996), Road Ecology (2003), Mosaico territorial para la region metropolitana de Barcelona (2004), and Urban Regions: Ecology and Planning Beyond the City (2008).
"I greatly appreciated the invitation and opportunity to participate in the Master of City Sciences program at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid again this year. The students seemed vibrant and interested. I think that they absorbed a lot of urban ecology and landscape ecology in a short time. Doubtless the diversity of teaching techniques created this success….brief presentations, the field-study trip to a rich array of sites introducing and illustrating concepts, the evening lecture to an impressive and engaged array of knowledgeable people (plus MCS alumni), a brief working exercise on urban parks, and the many opportunities for informal conversations.
Based on briefly immersing the UPM Master of City Sciences students in landscape ecology and urban ecology, the program appears to be a rare opportunity worldwide to catalyze future professionals and leaders who can really improve future urban areas. Beyond traditional planning, architectural and engineering approaches, these talented people gain the foundations for grasping the big pictures, and solving urban-related problems with strong environmental dimensions. Not content with simply housing/jobs/transportation/economic approaches, the program introduces the powerful patterns, processes and changes of nature to underlie compelling environmental and sustainable solutions. Master of City Sciences alumni are positioned to reverse the widespread urban degradations around us, and create a promising future for nature and us."
- Richard Forman