Colorado State University Hosts Renowned Biologist Thomas Lovejoy Sept. 9

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University is proud to host Thomas E. Lovejoy as he presents, “A Wild Solution to Climate Change,” at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Room 123 Ammons Hall on the CSU campus. Lovejoy’s presentation is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.

His talk will particularly focus on how wild ecosystems are crucial to the mitigation of higher carbon dioxide levels.

“It is very exciting to have such a distinguished pioneer of biodiversity research speaking on the CSU campus,” said Diana H. Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. “His unique vision of climate change mitigation will surely spark interesting dialog.”

Lovejoy is an internationally renowned tropical ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked at the interface of science and environmental policy in the Brazilian Amazon forest since 1965. He conceived the “debt-for-nature swaps” idea and originated the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems Project – a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research.

He is 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.

In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He has served on advisory councils in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. Lovejoy received his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Yale University and holds many honorary doctorates, including one from Colorado State University.

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

A first for the state, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability is an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at Colorado State University. The school positions CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular programs and outreach initiatives. The school’s emphases include food security, environmental institutions and governance, sustainable communities, land and water resources, biodiversity, conservation and management, climate change and energy. This approach will capitalize on the university’s historic strength in environmental research and education and will build upon the education and research that already exists within all eight colleges on campus from the Warner College of Natural Resources to the College of Business.

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