Eric Berlow, a TED 2012 Senior Fellow, is an ecologist and complexity scientist who specializes in not specializing. In an increasingly interconnected world, Eric applies network visualization and analysis to help make the complex simple.
Complex problems have many moving parts that all potentially interact with one another. Of all these moving parts, how can we focus our creative energy and resources on the subset with the most transformative influence?
Eric founded Vibrant Data Labs - a collaborative collective of scientists, artists, designers, and social investors - to develop data-driven approaches to navigate the complex landscape of our most pressing problems and convert limited resources into problem solving engines for positive change.
Eric is internationally recognized for his work on ecological networks and was the founding director of the University of California’s first environmental interdisciplinary research station in Yosemite National Park. His current research focuses on untangling nature's complexity and enabling data-driven stewardship of the Sierra Nevada Mountains - an iconic wilderness ecosystem that helps regulate the water supply for an agriculture industry that supplies over 50% of the produce and nuts consumed by United States citizens.
TED2014, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDActive 2011, TEDGlobal 2010
Areas of Expertise
Ecology, Environment , Sustainability, Network theory, complexity, Eco Tourism, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Green Business