"People, and the structures and social processes they create, are an integral part of nature."
"Most writers who treat environmental issues tend to focus on either cities or wilderness, but not both. But we need to be thinking about how cities can function well in relation to nature. The connection between urban and environmental studies is one that warrants much more exploration. Like the thoroughly interdisciplinary character of environmental studies overall, it is fertile ground for generating questions that can profoundly alter our understanding of the multiple environments in which we live."
Assistant Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities and Environmental Studies on the Alderfer Fund
Note: Ellen Stroud is currently using funding from the National Council of Learned Societies and the National Science Foundation to research an environmental history of the disposal of human remains. "The modern American corpse is toxic: mercury in teeth, metal in joints, silicone in breasts have all made body disposal newly complex, but funerary practices have long had a profound effect on landscapes."