Emergy Webinar 2.0:Information and Emergy: What Did Odum Intend?
10 June 2022 @ 9:00 AM EST (1:00 PM GMT)
17 June 2022 @ 9:00 AM EST (1:00 PM GMT)
Cultural evolution is a unifying theme for much of my work and thought. I conceptualize evolution within an expanded synthesis that includes thermodynamic self-organization. The study of cultural evolution, therefore, should be located within study of the self-organization of human-ecosystems.
This interest has led my research in two related directions. In the first case, I am exploring the structure of ‘culture’, the information produced by people in a hierarchy of forms that include discourse, media, ritual, education, research, law, and others. In the second case, I am attempting to demonstrate the hierarchical organization of economy, people, and culture that is nested within ecosystems.
In both cases I am expanding upon the work of famed ecologist H.T. Odum. In the first case I am exploring his general theory of the ‘information cycle’, an evolutionary-ecological model of the processes of information maintenance and change. In the second case, I am utilizing the ecological-economics of emergy that he pioneered as a tool to demonstrate the human-cultural-ecosystem hierarchy of which we are all a part.
- Forthcoming, “Building With/On Howard T. Odum’s Theory of Information.”
International Journal of General Systems.
- Forthcoming, “Parallel Cycles for the Evaluation of Information in Culture, Manufacturing, and Life”,
- 2018 “Information and Service in Emergy Analyses.”
In Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, Pp. 97-108, Gainesville, FL
- 2016 “Pools of Money: ‘Information Cycles’ for the Production and Maintenance of Financial Information.”
In Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, Gainesville, FL
- 2015 “Cultural Transmission in Cycles: The Production and Maintenance of Cumulative Culture.”
Journal of Cognition and Culture, 15:443–492
- 2015 “Convergence and Divergence in the Production of Energy Transformation Hierarchies,”
Ecological Modelling 315:4–11
- 2014 “Evaluating Local Human-Ecological Impacts of Whale Watching Ecotourism in Taiwan.”
Taiwan Journal of Indigenous Studies, 7(4):63-88.
- 2014 “Culture in Cycles: Considering H.T. Odum’s ‘Information Cycle’.”
International Journal of General Systems. 43(1):44-74.
- 2013 “Conversation in Cycles: The Dynamics of Culture Sharing”.
In Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, Pp. 1-22, Gainesville, FL,
- 2013 “Energy and the social hierarchy of households (and buildings).”
In Architecture and Energy. W.W. Braham and D. Willis, eds. Pp. 49-63. Routledge. (video)
- 2013 “Emergy evaluation of DNA and culture in ‘information cycles’”
Ecological Modelling 251 (2013) 85–98
- 2011 “Culture in Information Cycles: An Emergy Evaluation of Discourse”.
In Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, Pp. 9-27, Gainesville, FL
- 2011 “The ‘Locations’ of People and Households within the Culture-Nature Hierarchy of Hualien County, Taiwan.”
In Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, Pp. 461-482, Gainesville, FL
- 2010 “Human Transformities in a Global Hierarchy: Emergy and Scale in the Production of People and Culture.”
Ecological Modelling 221:2112-2117.
- 2007 “Pulsing and Cultural Evolution in China” Proceedings from the 4th Biennial Emergy Research Conference,
January 12-21, 2006, Center for Environmental Policy, Gainesville, FL
- 2007 “Emergy, Sociocultural Hierarchy, and Cultural Evolution” Proceedings from the 4th Biennial Emergy Research Conference, January 12-21, 2006, Center for Environmental Policy, Gainesville, FL
- 2007 “World-Systems as Complex Human Ecosystems.” In The World System and the Earth System:
Global Socioenvironmental Change and Sustainability since the Neolithic.
A. Hornborg and C. Crumley, eds. Pp. 56-73. Wallnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
- 2004 “Systems Diagrams for Visualizing Macroeconomics.” Ecological Modeling 178(2):189-194.
Abel, Thomas, and John R. Stepp
- 2003 “A New Ecosystems Ecology for Anthropology.” Conservation Ecology 7(3):12.
- 2003 “Understanding Complex Human Ecosystems: The Case of Ecotourism on Bonaire.”
Conservation Ecology 7(3):10.
- 2003 “Social Structure and Ecotourism Development on Bonaire”. Proceedings from the 2nd Biennial Emergy Research Conference, September 20-22, 2001, Center for Environmental Policy, Gainesville, FL
- 2000 Ecosystems, Sociocultural Systems, and Ecological Economics for Understanding Development: The Case of Ecotourism on the Island of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida.
- 1998 “Complex Adaptive Systems, Evolutionism, and Ecology within Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Research for Understanding Cultural and Ecological Dynamics”, Georgia Journal of Ecological Anthropology (2):6-29.
Areas of Expertise
- Cultural Evolution
- Systems Ecology
- Emergy Ecological Economics
- Machine learning
- Human Adaptation and Cultural Evolution
- Anthropology and Environment
- Psychological Anthropology
- Language Development
- History and Theory of Anthropology
- Culture and Evolution
- Environmental Anthropology
- Methods in Anthropology
- Ecological Economics