John Terborgh

The Trophic Cascade in Herbivory on Islands and Mainlands

April 24, 2012

John W. Terborgh is a James B. Duke Professor of environmental science and is co-director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University. For the past 35 years, he has been actively involved in tropical ecology and conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests, Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation themes, including Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature (2011), Requiem for Nature (2004) and Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Nature (2002). Since 1973 he has operated a field station in Peru’s Manu National Park where he has overseen the research of more than 100 investigators.

Terborgh is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is recipient of the David Giraud Elliot Medal (1996) from the National Academy and the Distinguished Achievement Award (1989) from the Society for Conservation Biology. He was given the outstanding book in wildlife ecology and management award from The Wildlife Society in 1992, was selected one of the century’s 100 Champions of Conservation by the National Audubon Society, and he was elected a scientific fellow of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Terborgh is also a MacArthur Fellow and a Pew Scholar in conservation and the environment.

He has served on several boards and advisory committees related to conservation, including the Wildlands Project, Cultural Survival, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund and both the Primate and Ecology Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.