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Terry Erwin Gustavo Fonseca
David Hillis Kevin Kelly
Russell Mittermeier Ghillean Prance
Ryan Phelan Jorge Soberón
Peter Warshall
Terry Erwin
Research Entomologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard

Early in his career, Erwin solved the intractable taxonomy of the California Bombardier Beetles which led to long term study of Neotropical beetles and a lifetime study on the biodiversity of Neotropical forests. With the publication of a small paper in 1981 on the beetle fauna of a species of Panamanian tree, Erwin created a cottage industry in canopy studies and in trying to estimate the number of species on the planet. He had hypothesized The1981 paper hypothesized that there were perhaps as many as 30,000,000 species rather than the 1.4 million described at the time - an order of magnitude difference. This paper generated a lot of activity in the conservation business because many people realized that landscape conversion was having a more significant impact on biodiversity than previously thought. Erwin continues his studies of biodiversity in the western Amazon Basin, at present in Ecuador, and does taxonomic studies on carabid beetles.

 

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David Hillis

David Hillis' primary interests are in biodiversity, molecular evolution, and the phylogeny of life with his research interests spanning much of biology, from development of statistical and computational methods for analyzing DNA sequences, to molecular studies of viral epidemiology, to studies of the diversity and phylogeny of life, to the origin and behavior of unisexual organisms. He has published over 130 scholarly articles and two technical books, and has served as Editor or Associate Editor of a dozen scientific journals.

 

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Gustavo Fonseca

Senior Vice President for Science at Conservation International and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Fonseca is a founding member of Brazil's Biodiversity Trust Fund, a member of the Steering Committee of IUCN's Species Survival Committee, and also a member of the Government of Brazil's Presidential Committee on the Agenda 21. His scientific experience ranges from mammalogy and primatology to interdisciplinary aspects of biodiversity conservation. He has published over 80 scholarly papers in addition to dozens of popular articles. In 2001, Fonseca was awarded the Golden Ark Prize from the Dutch Government for his accomplishment in the science of biodiversity conservation.


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Kevin Kelly
In 1993, Kelly helped launch Wired Magazine, a magazine that reports on the culture of technology. Under his leadership as its Executive Editor, Wired won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence (the industry's equivalent of an Oscar) in 1994 and 1997. Prior to Wired, Kelly was editor and publisher of the Whole Earth Review, a small-circulation magazine reporting on unorthodox technical and cultural news. He is the author of Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Economic and Social Systems, published by Addison Wesley (1994). This wide-ranging book is about how machines, the economy, and all large human-made inventions are becoming biological. Fortune magazine called it "essential reading for all executives." His book New Rules for the New Economy published in 1998 by Viking in the US and by 4th Estate in the UK, was a bestseller in the US and has been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Swedish, and Estonian.
Kelly's writing has appeared in many national and international publications such as the New York Times, The Economist, Time, Harpers, Science, GQ, and Esquire. Instead of going to college, he went to Asia as a photographer and has just published Asia Grace, a photographic essay of images collected during that trip. His photographs have appeared in LIFE and other national magazines. He has no college or university degrees.

 

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Russell Mittermeier

President, Conservation International, Washingon, D.C.
Prior to this, he served as Vice-President for Science at World Wildlife Fund (1987-89) and as Director of that organization's programs for Brazil and the Guianas (1985-89), Madagascar (1985-89), Species Conservation (1986-89) and Primates (1979-89). He has served as Chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) since 1977, as SSC's Vice-Chairman for International Programs since 1985, and as Chairman of the World Bank's Task Force on Biological Diversity in 1988 and 1989.

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Ghillean Prance

MacBride Professor at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii Scientific Director of the Eden Project- Cornwall, England

Prance has authored seventeen books and published over 400 scientific and general papers in taxonomy, ethnobotany, economic botany, conservation and ecology. He holds fourteen honorary doctorates and in 1993 received the International COSMOS Prize and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was knighted in July 1995 and received the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1999. In 2000 he was made a Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross by the President of Brazil.

 

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Ryan Phelan

Ryan was one of the co-founders of the All Species Foundation and was instrumental in its initial start-up phase in 2001 as a Board Member. In 2002 Phelan served as CEO and laid the groundwork for ALL's strategic initiatives in 2003.
Ms. Phelan is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman who has been influential in diverse fields from education and health care to software development and the equestrian industry. She excels at starting non-profit organizations as well as for-profit businesses, building their staff, board, and partnerships, turning concept into reality, resulting in quality service and products.
Her most recent example is the Internet business she founded in 1995, Direct Medical Knowledge (DMK), which was sold to WebMD in 1999. DMK was an extensive consumer health web site highly regarded for its unique content depth and innovative search interface. DMK developed proprietary software that enabled users to drill down through the most current medical literature and retrieved personalized health and medical information. As CEO of DMK, Ms. Phelan forged alliances with major medical institutions, national health care plans, publishers, and consumer groups. In 1999 Direct Medical Knowledge was acquired by WebMD, a leader in the Internet health information industry, to be the backbone of WebMD's consumer health site, http://my.webmd.com/.

 

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Jorge Soberon

Executive Secretary of Mexico's National Commission on Biodiversity - CONABIO
At CONABIO, Sorberon is in charge of programs related to inventorying Mexican biodiversity and computerization of collections in Mexico and abroad. His published research includes papers on mathematical ecology, insect ecology, conservation biology and biodiversity informatics, as well as many science popularization publications and technical reports to different bodies. For three years he was a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Fund of the World Bank. He has represented Mexico in the Conference of the Parties for the Convention Biological Diversity, CITES, NABIN, IABIN and GBIF.

 

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Peter Warshall

Editor-At-Large, Whole Earth Magazine
In addition to his role as Editor-At-Large with Whole Earth, he is the founder of Peter Warshall and Associates a consulting firm specializing in complex economic/ecological systems, especially those that impact water resources and wildlife populations. Clients have included Volvo, Senco, Clorox, Trygg Hansa, SAS Airlines, and other companies; United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and US AID; the Tohono O'odham nation and Apache Survival Coalition; municipal, state and federal governments (eleven in African nations) and non-governmental organizations.
With an academic background in biology and anthropology, Warshall works globally with highly diverse people and ecosystems. His expertise includes natural history, natural resource management (especially watersheds, wastewater, and wildlife), conservation biology, biodiversity assessments, environmental impact analysis, and conflict resolution and consensus building between divergent economic and cultural special interest groups. He has worked in Africa for various organizations and in Arizona for several Native American tribes and as an adjunct research scientist with the Office of Arid Lands Studies (University of Arizona). Warshall has a special interest in producers of commodities (loggers, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, miners) as they are the link between the materials flows of our economy and the natural world.

 

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