Stuart Pimm

“Yes, life will recover from what we are doing to the planet. but don’t hold your breath. It’s going to take millions of years. It’s going to take an incredible number of human generations. Trillions of people will live in a biologically impoverished world if we don’t stop out human impacts right now.”

Dr. Pimm is Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke and one of the most cited scientists working in the field of conservation biology. He’s also worked with the best minds in the world to share his passion for protecting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Dr. Pimm is author of A Scientist Audits the Earth, “a globe-circling tour of our endangered planet.” Before coming to Duke, Dr. Pimm was professor of conservation biology at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University in New York. He was the recipient of a Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment (in 1993) and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (in 1999). Pimm has testified before both the House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. He’s also taken a lead role in a major initiative to restore the Florida Everglades. Pimm is the author of more than 150 scientific papers, as well as three books. He is passionate about sharing science with those outside his field, including non-scientists, and has published numerous popular articles and book reviews in such publications as New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature, and Science. (From

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