Peter M. Kareiva, Ph.D. 

Peter Kareiva is a leading environmental scientist dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science and conservation. He is currently the director for the UCLA Institute for Environmental and Sustainability and a professor in UCLA’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. Before starting his position at UCLA he was the chief scientist and vice president at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental non-profit organization. He continues to be involved with the conservancy, serving on two major advisory boards, the board for Science Nature and People, and the Science advisory board. He also serves as the senior science advisor to current CEO Mike Tercek. Peter has researched and published on a wide-range of environmental topics, but recently has been focusing on human land-use and biodiversity, urban sustainability, marine conservation, and the resilience of human and natural systems to global warming.

Michelle Marvier, Ph.D. 

Michelle Marvier is a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Santa Clara and is an editor for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. She focuses on how to increase public support for conservation, how to promote the benefits that nature provides to society, and how to set priorities for conservation. Her dedication to bridging the gap between human and natural systems makes her a leader in the global conservation movement. She has published widely on environmental risk assessment, conservation investment, fisheries, and endangered species management and is committed to training a new generation of conservation scientists.

John W. Terborgh, Ph.D. 

John W. Terborgh is a James B. Duke Professor of Environmental Science and is Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and for the past thirty-five years, he has been actively involved in tropical ecology and conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests, Dr. Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation themes. Since 1973 he has operated a field station in Peru's Manu National Park where he has overseen the research of more than 100 investigators. Dr. Terborgh earlier served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Princeton University. In June 1992 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his distinguished work in tropical ecology, and in April 1996 he was awarded the National Academy of Science Daniel Giraud Elliot medal for his research, and for his book Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest. He has served on several boards and advisory committees related to conservation, including the Wildlands Project, Cultural Survival, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund and both the Primate and Ecology Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.