Conservation Biology’s Deep Roots: Dr. Lee Talbot’s plenary talk at the 26th ICCB

26th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) 2013 Plenary Talks

Conservation Biology’s Deep Roots

This plenary talk provides an overview of the evolution of what became conservation biology from its earliest historical roots in 300 BC India through local, national and international actions and organizations, national laws and international agreements. It will look at the challenges of the present, emphasizing the critical need to combine action with research.

Watch the video of this plenary talk at


Lee M. Talbot is a professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University (GMU) and a senior environmental advisor to World Bank; U.N. organizations and foreign governments. Lee is an ecologist and geographer with more than 60 years of experience in 134 countries and a former Director-General of IUCN.  He served as the White House Environmental Advisor to three presidents and is the former head of Environmental Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution.  Lee is the author of more than 300 scientific, technical and popular publications including 17 books and monographs. He is the recipient of several awards,  including the AIBS Distinguished Service Award as “an acknowledged leader in the shaping of national and international environmental policies and Principles.”



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