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Thomas E. Lovejoy

Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Washington D.C, United States

Passed away on December 21st 2021

Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment based in Washington, DC, and was President in 2002–8. Previously, Thomas E. Lovejoy was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Lovejoy was the first to use the term Biological Diversity (in 1980). He conceived the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and initiated and has led the largest experiment in landscape ecology, The Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project in Amazonian Brazil. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. He currently serves as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the largest international source of environmental funding. In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and in 2009 the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. Lovejoy holds BS and PhD (biology) degrees from Yale University.

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