BA (Hartwick College)
MA (State University of New York at Binghamton)
PhD (State University of New York at Albany)
Ford Fellow (University of Chicago)
Visiting Professor/Lecturer (Harvard School of Public Health)
|Teaching & Research
y research interests range from theoretical to applied and center on three main areas:
First, complexity theory focuses upon the linkages among parts of a system and the roles they play in whole system properties, self-organization, pattern generation, stability, and a variety of other phenomena. I am particularly interested in whether ecosystems exhibit emergent properties that are not deducible from the parts alone, and how to recognize and characterize these properties.
Second, I am interested in how environmental impact assessment is conducted and on improving methodologies for identifying and quantifying impacts and risks of both projects and policies (Strategic Environmental Assessment) including cumulative impacts.
Third, I have worked for several years on designing sustainability enhancements for the Cuban Model of human development. Sustainability occurs at the intersection of robust economies, protected environments, and meaningful societies. Research questions have included: what is a sustainable society, why should Cuba want to be one, and how would Cuba get to be one? The Living Planet report from the World Wildlife Fund and its collaborators has concluded that Cuba is one of the few countries in the world on a path to sustainability. The country has a relatively small ecological footprint yet a high Human Development Index.
My teaching represents these research interests: I presently teach four undergraduate classes, three are also at the graduate level. All of these classes involve lectures and discussions with substantial on-line content, website visits, and activities using Bb Learn. They are taught from a systems perspective emphasizing inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thinking and analysis.
|Examples of Students'
Lane, Patricia. A. 2012. Cuba’s Future as a Sustainable Society: Real Option or Impossible Utopia? International Journal of Cuban Studies. (In Press).
Lane, Patricia A. 2011. Cuba as the First Sustainable Society. Report to Cuban Government.
Lane, Patricia A. 2005. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Indigenous People’s Partnership Program. Americas Branch. Canadian International Development Agency. Report.
Lane, Patricia A., Bruce Hatcher, Anna Marie Hatcher, Cameron Deacoff, and Tonya Wimmer. 2004. Environmental Baseline Study of the DRDC Atlantic Acoustic Calibration Barge in Halifax Harbour. Report.
Lane, Patricia A. 2002. An Ecosystem Approach? Implications for CIDA’s Environment Policy. Prepared for Policy Branch. Policy Paper for the Policy Division of the Canadian International Development Agency. Report.
Lane, Patricia A. and Caroline Caza. 2001. Analysing Some Scenarios of CIDA’s Potential Role in Capacity Development to Assist Developing Countries in Implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Policy Paper for CIDA. Report.
Lane, Patricia A. 2000. Green Cuba. Peace Review 12(2): 319-324.
Lane, Patricia A. 2000. Au naturel, finding a solution for the Almendares River through biotechnology. Siempre Verde. Metropolitan Park, Havana, Cuba.
Lane, Patricia. A. 2000. Generic and specific environmental impact assessments for water supply and sanitation in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Proyecto de Agua y Saneamiento de la Ciudad de Bluefields, Nicaragua. Canadian International Development Agency. Report.
Lane, Patricia A. 1999. Cuatro observaciones convergentes sobre revolucion: ciencia, sustentabilidad, Cuba y el siglo XXI. (Four intersecting observations on revolution: science, sustainability, Cuba and the 21st Century.) pp. 381-406. In: Cuba Verde en Busca de Un Modelo Para La Sustentabilidad en el Siglo XXI. Ed. Carlos Jesus Deldago Diaz. Editorial Jose Marti. Havana, Cuba.
Lane, Patricia A. 1998. Assessing cumulative health effects in ecosystems. pp. 129-153. In: (David Rapport, Robert Costanza, Paul Epstein, Connie Gaudet and Richard Levins (eds.), Ecosystem Health. Blackwell Science, Malden, Massachusetts.