Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
A world leader in the study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them, Pimm is the author of over 250 scientific papers and four books. He 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, lions (through National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative), and other 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.