A Half Century of Conservation: How Did it Happen?
Celebrating Tom Lovejoy’s 50 years in the Amazon
For the past 50 years, Tom Lovejoy has been a leading mind in the field of conservation. He first set foot in the Brazilian Amazon as a graduate student in 1965 and conducted the first major long-term study of birds in the Amazon for his PhD. He was the first person to use the term ‘biological diversity’ in 1980 and was the originator of the innovative concept of debt-for-nature swaps. In 1979 he initiated the forest fragments project north of Manaus.
Conservation has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. From conservation biology becoming a recognized and reputable field of study, to discussions surrounding new threats, to the concept of the Anthropocene, conservation and conservation science have continued to evolve. In this seminar, Tom will review the development of conservation and related science throughout his career with particular reference to the Amazon, highlight significant developments, and look ahead to ongoing challenges and solutions.
When: September 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Reception to follow.
Where: WWF-US Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
1250 24th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037