Renowned tropical ecologist Thomas Lovejoy will discuss his half-century of research in the Amazon in a lecture at Colorado State University March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 131.
The lecture, “The Land of Cinnamon and Gold: 500 Years of Amazon Exploration and Science,” is free and open to the public, sponsored by the CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability. It will present an overview of exploration and science in the Amazon basin from the first non-indigenous navigation of the world’s biggest river to issues of possible die-back today.
At the interface of science and policy
Lovejoy is a professor of Science and Public Policy at George Mason University, as well as an internationally renowned ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked at the interface of science and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon forest since 1965. He is also a member of the SoGES external advisory board.
He is also founder of the prestigious public television series “Nature.” Additionally, Lovejoy has served as senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation, as World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and lead specialist for the Environment for the Latin American region, as assistant secretary for Environmental and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, and as executive vice president of World Wildlife Fund-U.S., and on advisory councils in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.