Thomas E. Lovejoy

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Thomas E. Lovejoy, "a tropical biologist and conservation biologist, has worked in the Amazon of Brazil since 1965. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.

"From 1973 to 1987 he directed the program of World Wildlife Fund-US, and from 1985 to 1987 served as the Fund's Executive Vice President. In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, and in September 1994 became Counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs. In 1998 he became Chief Biodiversity Advisor for the World Bank, as well as Lead Specialist for the Environment for the Latin American region. He is past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, past chairman of the United States Man and Biosphere Program, and past president of the Society for Conservation Biology.“ [1]

"A tropical and conservation biologist, Dr. Lovejoy was vice president for science at WWF from 1973 to 1985, and served as WWF's Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1987. He conceived the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project, a joint research effort of WWF and Brazil's National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) that is now managed by the Smithsonian Institution and INPA. He also originated the concept of debt for nature swaps and founded the public television series Nature. Dr. Lovejoy serves on numerous scientific and conservation boards, including the New York Botanical Garden, Woods Hole Research Center, Institute for Ecosystem Studies, American Museum of Natural History and chairs the Conservation Trust Advisory Board for the National Geographic Society. He is past president of the Society for Conservation Biology and the American Institute of Biological Sciences and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. In 1993 he was detailed as Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, where he helped initiate the National Biological Survey. He received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University." [1]


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