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Dr. Stuart Pimm

March 31, 2014

Stuart Pimm is a world leader in the study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. His research covers the reasons why species become extinct, how fast they do so, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction and, importantly, the management consequences of this research. Dr. Pimm received his BSc degree from Oxford University in 1971 and his Ph.D from New Mexico State University in 1974. Dr. Pimm is the author of over 270 scientific papers and four books. The Institute of Scie

ntific Information has ranked him as one of the most highly cited environmental scientists for over a decade. Dr. Pimm wrote the highly acclaimed assessment of the human impact to the planet: The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth in 2001. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has lead to his testimony to both House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. He was worked and taught in Africa for nearly 20 years on elephants, most recently lions — through National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative — but always on topics that relate to the conservation of wildlife and the ecosystems on which they depend. Other research areas include the Everglades of Florida and tropical forests in South America, especially the Atlantic Coast forest of Brazil and the northern Andes — two of the world’s “hotspots” for threatened species
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