Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative
Provost's Postdoc Symposium
Planet of Weeds: Natural Histories of the Homogeocene
March 1, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
In a 1998 essay in The Palmetto, Francis Putz proposed a new geologic epoch––the Homogeocene––to
describe our current moment in planetary history. As with Crutzen and Stoermer’s Anthropocene,
the Homogeocene is propelled by human action and takes the homogenization of the world’s
biota as its signature crisis. Key to this process of homogenization are mundane acts
of landscape destruction, the introduction of invasive species, and extinction. Putz
developed the Homogeocene concept through natural history observations in Florida.
In Florida, humans are destroying ecological places and proliferating harmful species
at an alarming pace.
In this daylong symposium, we reactivate Putz's Homogeocene hypothesis in light of recent cross-disciplinary conversations on the Anthropocene. What does it mean to do natural history on a planet of weeds? What might an interdisciplinary Homogeocene research program look like in Florida and beyond? How might ecologists and social sciences come together to study the anthropogenic disturbances and weedy assemblages that unleash a frightening future of too few species?
The conference is organized into two sessions. In the morning, we delve into the natural
history of modern Florida, probing the social and ecological dynamics of the Homogeocene
through concrete case studies. In the afternoon, we ask how the Homogeocene is enacted
at a planetary scale through infrastructures of global capitalism and the intercontinental
traffic in species.
Please join us for a day of discussion on invasive species, disturbance ecologies, and species loss in a globalized world. Keynote presentations from:
The Provost's Postdocs would like to thank the Department of Anthropology for their gracious support!
Schedule of Events
|10:00am - 10:15am||Welcome by Zac Caple|
|10:15am - 11:00am||Francis "Jack" Putz (University of Florida)|
|11:00am - 11:45am||Roundtable 1: Chris Meindl (USF), Andrea Lucky (UF), Rebecca Zarger (USF)|
|11:45am - 12:15pm||Group Discussion|
|12:15pm - 1:00pm||Lunch (Taco Dirty)|
|1:00pm - 1:45pm||Heather Swanson (Aarhus University)|
|1:45pm - 2:00pm||Group Discussion|
|2:00pm - 2:45pm||Daniel Simberloff (University of Tennessee)|
|2:45pm - 3:00pm||Group Discussion|
|3:00pm - 3:15pm||Coffee Break|
|3:15pm - 4:00pm||Roundtable 2: Christina Richards (USF), Michael Vine (USF), Diane Wallman (USF)|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Final Discussion|
|5:00pm - 6:00pm||Homogeocene Campus Tour|
|7:00pm||Dinner for Invited Speakers and Provost's Postdocs|