Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Guest Lecture by Dr. William F. Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

September 4th, 2009
12:00 PM

Location
Tulane University, Uptown Campus
301 Alcee Fortier Hall

“Emerging threats and research challenges in the tropics”
Coffee and cookies will be served beforehand.

Presented by: Dr. William Laurance

William Laurance is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and will soon commence a position as Distinguished Research Professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. His research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, and wildfires, on tropical ecosystems, and on global-change phenomena and conservation policy.

Dr. Laurance received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and then held research positions in tropical Australia, before joining the Smithsonian Institution in 1996. He works extensively in Amazonia and also in Central Africa and Australasia.

Dr. Laurance has published five books and over 300 scientific and popular articles. A leading voice for conservation, he firmly believes that scientists must engage policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists. He has received numerous professional awards, including the Bolford Award for Conservation Science from Stanford University, and the prestigious BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology prize. He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study and preservation of tropical ecosystems.

Sponsored by the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
Photo by David Weaver, Stone Center M.A. Alum ’08

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