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Dr. Grant Clark
Ecological Engineering Research Group
Department of Bioresource Engineering
Macdonald Stewart Building MS1-099, MS1-043
21 111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
Quebec H9X 3V9
Tel.: 514-398-7784, 514-398-7590
shiv [dot] prasher [at] mcgill [dot] ca ([ Email ])
What is Ecological Engineering?
Ecosystem engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design, creation, maintenance and operation of ecological systems. In short, it is the creation of ecosystems that fulfill preconceived goals within given design constraints.
Ecomimetics is the study of ecology for inspiration in solving design problems.
Ecosystems are complex adaptive systems comprising a community of organisms and their abiotic surroundings, which might include technological components. Ecosystem engineering and ecomimetics are thus highly interdisciplinary, requiring close collaboration with ecologists and other specialists.
In ecological engineering, the objectives can be small-scale, immediate, and focused, as with the design of an industrial fermenter to produce a specific chemical, or large-scale, forward-looking, and diffuse, as with the understanding and management of the large-scale ecological changes precipitated by human population growth and resource consumption.