Buzz Holling was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. From the Nanaimo News Bulletin
“I was stunned, delighted and joyful when I heard. It was wonderful,” said Holling. “I certainly wanted it, but never thought I would get it. It’s a great honour. It’s Canada’s highest award as a citizen.”
He was recognized for contributions to the field of ecology and his work in ecosystem dynamics and theories in resilience and ecological economics.
His resilience theory focuses on sudden changes and collapses in ecosystems and how the ecosystem adapts.
Holling’s journey into ecological sciences started small.
“It started with a small thing like insects eating the trees and damaging to finally looking at the regional problem affected by global change and climate change,” he said.