Dr Rackham is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has studied and published extensively on the ecology of the Mediterranean and also the island of Crete. He is co-author of The Nature of Mediterranean Europe, an Ecological History. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for "services to Nature Conservation".
In 2006 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Historical Ecology in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
The Nature of Mediterranean Europe - southern Portugal and Spain, France, Italy, the Balkans, Greece and the Mediterranean islands - is often interpreted as a "Lost Eden", once verdant and fertile, then progressively degraded and desertified by human mismanagement and the ignorance and folly of successive civilizations. In his talk Dr. Rackham will seek to challenge this pessimistic view.
The Making of the European Mediterranean Landscape - Dr. Oliver Rackham. Mediterranean Garden Society Talk March 2012
This online version of the talk has been produced and sponsored by the Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal.
Here is a link to the short video introduction to Professor Oliver Rackham