Despite Irreversible Environmental Damage, Restoration is Crucial

Stuart Pimm
Durham, NC

Environment Science


Stuart Pimm, PhD
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Two great environmental challenges facing this new century are the massive changes to the global climate and the irreversible loss of species. Conservation ecology expert Dr. Pimm is ready to discuss the loss of forests and how to restore those that are damaged.
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Durham, NC 27708
United States
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Stuart Pimm , Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology, has emerged as a strong scientific voice on the loss of biological diversity and the management of endangered species and ecosystems. His research revolutionized the way in which ecologists view ecological change in the long term, over large scales, and across many species.

Pimm’s publications are extraordinarily influential. He is one of the most quoted conservation biologists. In the last decade, has Pimm published more than 200 papers, of which a quarter were in Nature, Science, and PNAS and four books. In reviewing The Balance of Nature? A reviewer wrote “This is a superb account of what we are doing to our planet, what will be the consequences, and what we can do about it all. … His book ranks among the most readable I have encountered from the environmental community.”

Pimm understands that we must communicate conservation science to those who make decisions. He believes that scientists must inform and shape policies that have science at their core. He has active research programs in many of the world’s most important biodiversity hotpots, including South Florida, the Coastal Forests of Brazil, southern Africa, and Madagascar. Along with profound understanding, he cares enough to do what so many of his colleagues wish they could — find a way to make a difference.

Story Pitch

Mother Nature is high-maintenance
When Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP said “I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest," he showed a surprising ignorance of how economically important are what we scientists call “ecosystem services” — or “nature’s services” if you like. Certainly, the quote came from the spill’s early days. It’s still a failure to understand what Mother Nature does for us.
Recent Publications/Appearances


March 17, 2013 C&H "What's De-extinction and Should Scientists be Dabbling in it?"

March 12, 2013 NatGeo "The Case Against Species Revival"

February 25, 2013 SAPA "Lions’ habitat disappearing"

January 7, 2013 Sun Sentinel "Nearly 400 sign up to shoot pythons in Glades"

August 31, 2011 "Debate on Everglades drilling revived by Bachmann"

August 24, 2011 AP/ABC News "Wild World: Millions of Unseen Species Fill Earth"

July 25, 2011 The Philadelphia Inquirer "Accelerated extinction History's normal rate of species disappearance is quite slow. That's changing, and Haiti is a sobering microcosm of the problem."

May 18, 2011 The New York Times "Scientists Clash on Claims Over Extinction 'Overestimates"

March 16, 2011 The Vancouver Sun "Canada urged to protect water in boreal forests"

March 2, 2011 Live Science "Humans on Verge of Causing 6th Great Mass Extinction"

Feb 2, 2011  The New York Times "Out for a Leisurely Stroll in the Middle of a Jungle"

Jan 18, 2011 National Geographic News "Now Is the Winter of our Discontent..."

Jan 14, 2011 Scienceline "A Long and Winding Road"

Jan 7, 2011 MSNBC "Birds in trouble?'s why"

Dec 22, 2010 WalletPop "Green Police: Sugar Company's Claims a Bit Too Sweet"

Dec 5, 2010 The Huffington Post "Scientists aim to map and save endangered habitats"

Nov 18, 2010 Mail Tribune "Scientists call attention to 'forgotten forests'"

Oct 27, 2010 NPR "Study: Conservation Efforts Face Uphill Struggle"

Oct 13, 2010 "Florida's Everglades buyout shrinks to fraction of promised restoration"

Sept 23, 2010 WFOR "Florida Panthers Bound Back Thanks to Texas Mates"

Aug 16, 2010 Colorado Radio 94 KIX "Moving Mountains Symposium on Extinction"

July 23, 2010 International Land Coalition "Scientists sound warning on forest carbon payment scheme"

July 2010 National Geographic Can Colombia's Rich Diversity Escape Cooler Altitudes?

March 2010 Discover Stuart Pimm to be Awarded The TylerPrize for Environmental Achievement!

2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Nov 10, 2008 "On Point" with NPR "Species at the Brink

Nov 4, 2008 New York Times "Asking 'Why Do Species Go Extinct?'"

2007 "The 11th Hour"

2001 Puublished by McGraw-Hill The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth


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