Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy, Ph.D.

Chair

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy is a tropical biologist and conservationist who has specialized in the ecology of the Brazilian Amazon since 1965. He is famous for developing the concept of “debt-for-nature swaps” and for coining the term “biological diversity.”

Thomas’s past positions have included Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation, Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank, Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund. He has also been Chair of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Thomas received fellowships at both the United Nations Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Given his extensive experience, Thomas has been on advisory councils under the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Currently, he is an environmental science and policy Professor at George Mason University. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of the Amazon Conservation Association and Population Action International, as well as on the Scientific Board of SavingSpecies. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

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