Dr Rackham was a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He 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 Mediterranean Garden Society, Portugal branch; The Making of the European Mediterranean Landscape, a 1hr 27min audio including slides by Doctor Oliver Rackham. Talk presented at the first International Spring Conference, March 2012.
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.
Oliver sadly died very suddenly in 2015 . Click Here to see his obituary
There is a lot of effort going into preserving his archive at Cambridge University. Here at MGAP we have been helping to sponsor digitisation of his slides, notebooks and other materials so that it is available for future researchers.