Richard Levins; plumbed nexus of environment, disease

For many graduate students, one semester of Richard Levins’s population science courses wasn’t enough. Some would repeat a class three times: first to adjust to the difficulty of the subject matter, then to grasp the basics, and finally to absorb the nuances of the intellectual web he wove.

From the leftist politics of his childhood to farming in Puerto Rico to teaching at Harvard University, Dr. Levins drew inspiration from disparate experiences many might never try to connect. In an essay posted on the website, he wrote that when examining something such as a disease outbreak, researchers and scholars should integrate their insights “to confront health, society, and habitat as a whole, in its full complexity.”

Read the rest of Dr. Levins’s obituary here.  We need many more people to take an interest in farming and ecology if humanity is to survive.


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