Spotlight on Ecoscience 2012

Please Join Us for Our Fourth Annual

Spotlight on Ecoscience

Illustrations by Shearon Murphy; Photo by H. Bruce Rinker.

Evening Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Hannaford Lecture Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
6:00 pm – Cocktail Reception
with Harpist Jara Goodrich of the Portland Symphony Orchestra
7:00 pm – Opening Remarks
Presentation by Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy
The Land of Cinnamon and Gold: The Amazon over the Five Centuries since de Orellana’s Expedition
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Panel Discussion moderated by MPBN’s Susan Sharon
Tom Lovejoy’s Looming Questions for Conservation in the 21st Century

General Admission

$25 general admission - $8 with student ID
Reservations Recommended

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Special Afternoon Discussion and Workshop for Students
Tom Lovejoy’s Looming Questions for Conservation in the 21st Century
November 14, 1:30-3:30 pm - Hannaford Lecture Hall, USM

An Exciting Educational Opportunity
High school and college students with a passion for science and conservation are welcome to join us to learn how to address these looming issues. For more information, click here.
To register, contact Patrick Keenan at

Dr. Lovejoy will facilitate a discussion and workshop centered on his Looming Questions for Conservation in the 21st Century. He will share his perspectives as a leading national and international science policy advisor and interpreter of science. The afternoon session will feature a candid discussion of conservation issues.

Students will be challenged to think critically about how to address these issues within the modern tensions of economic development, human welfare, technological advancement, and public policy. Of course, at the heart of the discussion will be the role of science and scientific inquiry in this process.

About Our Guest Speaker: Thomas Lovejoy, Ph.D.


Dr. Thomas Lovejoy
Photo courtesty of Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

We are honored to host Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy as the featured speaker for our 2012 presentation. An innovative and accomplished conservation biologist, he helped establish much of our understanding of biodiversity.

Dr. Lovejoy holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment in Washington, D.C., and was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in 2010. Spanning the political spectrum, he served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations. He was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for the Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. At the core of Dr. Lovejoy’s many influential positions are his seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. For example, in the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, particularly to the Brazilian Amazon where he has worked since 1965. He also developed the now-ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems Project. He founded the popular long-term television series, Nature. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Dr. Lovejoy has influenced a wide spectrum of fields: from science and science education to environmental policy and decision making on a global scale.

For more information about Dr. Lovejoy, visit

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