BkkSci is happy to be joined by Neil Willmann, the founder and managing director of Daruma Ecofarm, an ecological engineering design and permaculture research center located in Bang Phra Thailand.
Today, the word ‘ecology’ is in everyone’s vernacular even if there are differences in the usage - e.g. agro-ecoforestry vs. eco-agroforestry. Soon after the word was coined in the 1950‘s and emerged as a budding budding interdisciplinary science, ecological studies embraced a holistic perspective paralleling the wave in social sciences at that time for “whole systems” thinking. As more and more study was done in this new field, one of its leading voices, Howard T. Odum, focused on one element that seemed to hold the key to the entire area: energy. He saw energy and energy transactions as a language that explained all system theory.
Energy remains at the core of the holistic science of ecology. And as the world is facing increasing pressures in population, climate change, food production concerns, and peak oil, all of these are related to or affected by energy. Neil will discuss the landscape of energy from an ecological perspective and explain in clear detail some aspects of our use of energy as it relates to ecology, particularly climate change and peak oil, and our hopes for a sustainable existence on Earth.
Neil is a member of the faculty of engineering at Asian University of Science and Technology conducting research on energy and ecology, and lecturing in the subjects of physics, energy and technology management. He holds degrees from the University of Hawaii and University of Illinois at Chicago in Oceanography and Physics.