Thomas E. Lovejoy Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Ambassador
Thomas E. Lovejoy

Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation
Professor, College of Science, George Mason University

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, a conservation biologist who was the first to use the term “biological diversity” (1980), is University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He currently holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and was its President from 2002-2008. From 1999-2002, he was the Chief Biodiversity Advisor to the World Bank. Dr. Lovejoy served as Assistant Secretary and other positions at the Smithsonian Institution and prior to that was Executive Vice president of the World Wildlife Fund.

He has been active in Amazon science and conservation since 1965, and since 1985 a major focus has been the interaction between climate change and biodiversity. He has served in high level advisory positions in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations.

Dr. Lovejoy conceived of the debt-for-nature swaps, and founded the public television series Nature. He was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2001, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2009 and the Blue Planet Prize in 2012.