'Godfather of Biodiversity' to give public lecture at OSU

January 31, 2018
Thomas Lovejoy is known as the "Godfather of Diversity"
Thomas Lovejoy will speak at OSU on Feb. 7. Courtesy photo.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Thomas Lovejoy, a founder of conservation biology who coined the term “biological diversity,” will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Lovejoy’s talk, “A Wild Solution for Climate Change: How Ecosystem Restoration Can Help Significantly,” begins at 4 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center (LInC) Room 228, located at 165 S.W. Sackett Place on campus.

Lovejoy served on advisory councils for three presidents. He founded the PBS series “Nature” and is known as the “Godfather of Biodiversity.” He has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965, with an emphasis on the interface of science and environmental policy.

Starting in the 1970s, Lovejoy helped bring attention to the issue of tropical deforestation and in 1980 published the first estimate of global extinction rates. He originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps and has worked on the interaction between climate change and biodiversity for more than 30 years.

Lovejoy served as president of the H.J. Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002-2008, and the biodiversity chair of the center from 2008-2013. He is a university professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation.

Lovejoy holds a doctorate in biology from Yale University.

Author: Chris Branam
Source: Taal Levi