Date: 2/5/18 11:17 am From: Jennifer Nelson <jennifer3nelson...> Subject: [obol] Oregon State University EECB Seminar: Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the "Godfather of Biodiversity"
Thought some of you might be interested in attending or watching the
seminar this week.
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
A Wild Solution for Climate Change
(how ecosystem restoration can help significantly)
Thomas E. Lovejoy, the “Godfather of Biodiversity”, is
one of the founders of conservation biology. He is
credited with coining the term “biological diversity”,
originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and has
worked on the interaction between climate change and
biodiversity for more than 30 years. He was elected
University Professor at George Mason in March 2010.
He previously held the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz
Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and
was President from 2002-2008. An ecologist who has
worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965, he works on
the interface of science and environmental policy.
Starting in the 1970’s he helped bring attention to the
issue of tropical deforestation and in 1980 published the
first estimate of global extinction rates (in the Global
2000 Report to the President). He is also the founder of
the public television series “Nature”. In the past, he
served as the Senior Advisor to the President of the
United Nations Foundation, as the Chief Biodiversity
Advisor to the World Bank as well as Lead Specialist for
the Environment for the Latin American region, as the
Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External
Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, and as Executive
Vice President of World Wildlife Fund. He has served on
advisory councils in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and