Scientific BoardSavingSpecies is endorsed and supported by some of the world's most eminent and accomplished conservation biologists. Their support testifies to the sound, smart approach SavingSpecies is taking to biodiversity conservation and carbon offsets. Our Scientific Board includes the following scientists and researchers. Please contact SavingSpecies directly if you wish to communicate with any of the committee members, and we'll be happy to pass along your message. Stuart Pimm Stuart L. Pimm chairs SavingSpecies and is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. Stuart received his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1974. He is the author of many scientific papers about the loss of species and how to prevent extinctions. His books include The Balance of Nature? and, in 2001, the acclaimed World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of the 2006 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences (The Netherlands), and the winner of the Tyler Environmental Prize in 2010.
Thomas Lovejoy Tom received his Ph.D. from Yale, and is currently Senior Fellow to the United Nations Foundation, and University Professor at George Mason University. He served as president of The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Tom has been Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund–U.S. He conceived the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil's INPA), originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and was the founding science advisor to the public television series Nature. He was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2001. Tom served on science and environmental councils or committees under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations.
Edward O. Wilson A passion for the wildlife of his native Alabama—especially its bugs—compelled Ed Wilson into a lifetime commitment to science and nature. Ed received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1955 and began the field research that led to the development of his theory of island biogeography, a bedrock of ecology. With his research into the principles of conservation biology, Ed became a dedicated defender of biodiversity. In addition to his voluminous contribution to the scientific literature, he has written many books for a popular audience explaining the importance of protecting biodiversity around the world. Some of these seminal works include The Diversity of Life, Biophilia, The Future of Life and The Creation. Ed Wilson is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and numerous international scientific achievement awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (1984) and the National Medal of Science (1976).
Peter Raven Besides being President Emeritus at Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter is also the George Engelmann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis. His Ph.D. is from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1960. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as a foreign member of academies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, China, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, India, and several other countries, of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK). He has more than twenty honorary degrees. His major international awards include the International Prize for Biology (Japan), the International Environmental Leadership medal (United Nations), the Volvo Environment Prize, and the Tyler Prize. His publications on biodiversity and plant biology are many and influential.
Patricia Wright Pat Wright received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1985. She is a leading expert on lemurs, having discovered a new species, the golden bamboo lemur. That discovery led to her establishing a world-renowned center at Ranomafana, Madagascar for studying that country’s biodiversity and the issues involved in protecting it. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and, in 1995, Madagascar’s National Medal of Honor. Her life and research are featured in Michael Apted’s “Me and Isaac Newton” an award winning documentary that features scientists and their creativity.
Trevor Price The author of the landmark text Speciation in Birds, Trevor Price is one of science's leading experts on bird evolution, ecology, and conservation. He and his research team have focused much of their efforts on bird diversity in the Himalayan region, a significant biodiversity hotspot. Dr. Price's lab combines extensive field work, mostly in India and neighboring countries, with molecular biology to help understand how birds diversified into the wide variety of species in the world.