Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University. (Image credit: Wikipedia)
SavingSpecies is very pleased to announce that distinguished conservation biologist Edward O. Wilson has joined its Scientific Board. If you're familiar with E.O. Wilson’s work, you will know that his support of SavingSpecies is a resounding endorsement of our pragmatic approach to conservation.
If you’re new to scientific conservation, you’ll be enthralled by Professor Wilson’s lifetime of work and his dedication to conservation. To learn more about the man, his life and work, read on.
Ed Wilson never outgrew his childhood bug fascination. And all of us should be very grateful for that!
By spending decades tracking, observing, collecting, swabbing, digging, preserving, mapping, and just plain thinking about ants, E.O. Wilson taught the world about the interconnectedness of nature—from tiny genes to full-grown organism, complex species populations, and to even the concept of the superorganism.
A distinguished biologist and naturalist—and prolific author—E.O. Wilson recently joined the Science Advisory Board of SavingSpecies, accompanying an already stellar group of conservation scientists: Tom Lovejoy, Peter Raven, Patricia Wright, and founder and SavingSpecies president Stuart Pimm.
“I have known and worked with Ed for years and this is such a great honor to have him on board,” said Dr. Pimm. “Ed’s immense knowledge of biology and field experience with biogeography and species conservation will make a tremendous contribution to the SavingSpecies team and our work to connect, protect, and restore habitat for wildlife all over the world.”
Through his work on ecology, animal behavior, biogeography, and other important scientific fields, E. O. Wilson has changed the way human beings look at the natural world—and themselves. In elegant and persuasive ways few other scientists have articulated, Wilson has taught the general public about how interdependent the web of life is.
And Wilson’s work has proven invaluable to conservation.
For instance, his work to describe biogeography has led to the complex mathematical formulas ecologists use to assess risks of extinction for species. He has also showed how important it is to reconnect critical habitats of separated, isolated wildlife populations to promote genetic diversity and species viability.
In short, E.O. Wilson's expertise will perfectly complement SavingSpecies work, which focuses on connecting habitats for species conservation.
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