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Episode 39 In the Footsteps of Abbey, Muir, and Whitman - Tom Wessels



Tom Wessels

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Tom Wessels is a national treasure. In years to come I believe he will be remembered among the most important environmental and civil leaders of our generation. It's interesting that for someone for whom evolution, natural selection, and succession became the (early) hallmarks of his professional life it all began at an early age when he would escape to a nearby 70 acre forest for his own personal peace and evolved from an almost therapeutic and innate understanding of the natural world to a deeper understanding of our social and civic relationships.



As a generalist, with a deep understanding of natural ecosystems, ranging from biological -both plant and animal - to geologic, Tom calls himself a terrestrial ecologist.



Today he is professor emeritus at Antioch University New England where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. With interests in forest, desert, arctic, and alpine ecosystems, plus geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape , culture, and economy. He has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the country for over three decades and he is the author of numerous books among them: Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, Granite, Fire and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia, Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape, Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, The Myth of Progress, New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas, among others.



I caught up with Tom in order to speak with him about some of our mutual interests and present this episode of The Radical Centrist to you as both an introduction to Tom for those who don't know him as well as a call to arms for reimagining our story as humans and communities.









Lone Steer in a Painted Landscape










Squam Waterlilies






Wind on the Rail Trail













To Restory America (Tom Wessels) - Part 1

Oct 14, 2008

Tom Wessels, core faculty in the Antioch University New England Department of Environmental Studies, spoke about the need to reclaim the story the nation's founders told about the kind of country the United States should be. The story has shifted from thrift and community to consumption and the individual. The myriad problems we face today cannot truly begin to be addressed until we frame the story differently. (part 1 of 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgscK8feGa4&t=6s

To Restory America (Tom Wessels) - Part 2

To Restory America (Tom Wessels) - Part 3



Tom Wessels: Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability







Tom Wessels: Post-doom with Michael Dowd







Tom Wessels: Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability





Books by Tom Wessels

Tom Wessels

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England

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Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

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Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels - New - 0881504203 by Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W. |

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Granite Landscape : A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite by Tom Wessels

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Videos



PREVIEW

32:27

New England's Roadside Ecology with Tom Wessels






PREVIEW

35:29

Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape, Part 1

YouTube · New England Forests

Jul 3, 2018

10 key moments in this video






PREVIEW

19:50

Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape, Part 2

YouTube · New England Forests

Jul 3, 2018







PREVIEW

24:38

Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape, Part 3

YouTube · New England Forests

Jul 3, 2018








Tom Wessels




Born

1951 (age 70–71)


Academic background




Education

University of New Hampshire (BS)

University of Colorado (MA)


Academic work




Discipline

Biology

Ecology


Sub-discipline

Conservation biology

Environmentalism


Institutions


Antioch University New England


Windham College


The Putney School


Rainforest Alliance





Tom Wessels (born 1951) is an American terrestrial ecologist working as a professor at Antioch University New England in the Department of Environmental Studies, where he founded a master's program in conservation biology. He is the author of five books and is an active environmentalist.

Contents


1Education


2Career


2.1Social commentary


3Books


4References


5External links




Education[edit]

Wessels earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts in ecology at the University of Colorado.

Career[edit]

Wessels went directly into academia, beginning with a post at the now-defunct Windham College in Putney, Vermont. In 1978, he became an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University New England and was instrumental in developing numerous courses in Environmental Studies Department. He became a tenured faculty member at Antioch in 2000.

In addition to teaching at Antioch, Wessels has traveled on expedition to Iceland with Haraldur Sigurdsson. He chaired the Science department for ten years at The Putney School, a boarding high school in Putney, Vermont. He served as the chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, a foundation that provides grants and fellowships to promote environmental leadership. Since 1995 he has served as an ecological consultant for the Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Program in the Northeastern United States.

Social commentary[edit]

In his 2006 book The Myth of Progress, Wessels asserts that the aspiration to sustain indefinite exponential economic growth is an impossibility on the grounds that it violates three scientific principles: the limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics and the law of self organization. An updated edition was published in 2013, with expanded discussion relating to the global financial crisis of 2008.

Books[edit]


Gardner, Blake and Tom Wessels. Untamed Vermont (Thistle Hill Publications, 2003). ISBN 0-9705511-2-6


Wessels, Thomas. New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas (Timber Press, 2021). ISBN 978-1-64326-009-9


Wessels, Tom. Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England (The Countryman Press, 1997). ISBN 0-88150-378-9


Wessels, Tom. The Granite Landscape: A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, From Acadia to Yosemite (The Countryman Press, 2001). ISBN 0-88150-429-7


Wessels, Tom. The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future (University of Vermont Press, 2006). ISBN 1-58465-495-3


Wessels, Tom. "Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape" (The Countryman Press, 2010). ISBN 0-88150-918-3

References[edit]


Moose Dung Gazette: ESSP Attends Tom Wessels’ Talk


Unity College Keynote Speaker


University Press of New England site for The Myth of Progress


Wessels' Antioch University New England website


Wessels' Bio
on Medomak Camp website

External links[edit]


Medomak Camp


Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Program


Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation


Whole Terrain
link to Wessels' articles published in Whole Terrain



Simply Complex Systems | Tom Wessels | TEDxWindham






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