Ecological metaphors: Their cultural resonance and what we can do about it

Principal Investigators:

Brendon Larson

Ecologists commonly use metaphors to develop their ideas and to communicate them to the public. Unfortunately, by their very nature metaphors may be interpreted in different ways by different constituencies, and this may lead to misunderstanding of ecological concepts. For example, a recent paper in Science (Chew and Laubichler 2003, Science 301: 52-53) reported on the prevalent use of the term �natural enemies� in recent scientific literature. �Natural enemies� and related terms such as exotic and invasive resonate with foreign policy,... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group16th—19th April 2004Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Ken Baakeken.baake@ttu.eduTexas Tech University
Jim Bonohischaos@buffalo.eduState University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo
J. Baird Callicottcallicott@unt.eduUniversity of North Texas
Evelyn Fox Kellerefkeller@mit.eduMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Joseph Gradyjoe.grady@verizon.netCultural Logic, LLC
Yrjo Hailayrjo.haila@uta.fiUniversity of Tampere
Stuart Hurlbertshurlbert@sunstroke.sdsu.eduSan Diego State University
Denise Lachdenise.lach@oregonstate.eduOregon State University
George Lakofflakoff@cogsci.berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Brendon Larsonblarson@uwaterloo.caUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Gregory Mikkelsongregory.mikkelson@staff.mcgill.caMcGill University
Timothy C. Rohrerrohrer@cogsci.ucsd.eduUniversity of California, San Diego
Charlotte Schellcword@pdx.eduPortland State University
Lawrence University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Book Larson, Brendon. 2011. Metaphors for environmental sustainability: Redefining our relationship with nature. Yale University Press. New Haven, CT. (Online version)
"Ecological metaphors: Their cultural resonance and what we can do about it" is project ID: 7901