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.
vimeo.com/39414694 Here is the link to the short video introduction to Professor Oliver Rackham.
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 Mediterranean Garden Society, Portugal branch; The Making of the European Mediterranean Landscape, a 1hr 27min audio including slides presentation by Doctor Oliver Rackham. Talk presented at the Spring Conference, March 2012.