Dr. Thomas Lovejoy honored as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist


Congratulations to professor Thomas Lovejoy (Department of Environmental Science and Policy and Institute for a Sustainable Earth) who has been recognized and honored by Governor Ralph Northam as a Virginia Outstanding Scientist among the 2019 Outstanding STEM Award recipients.

“Lovejoy was selected for the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award for being one of the founders of the thriving scientific field of conservation biology and discovering the potentially devastating effects of global warming on biodiversity. His life-long work highlights the importance of conserving biotic diversity to sustain vital ecosystem functions and services.”

Press release:


Mason News coverage: Mason’s Thomas Lovejoy honored as a 2019 Virginia Outstanding Scientist (Mason News, September 27, 2019)

Recent news:

Lovejoy: Saving the Amazon is imperative in the fight against global climate change (Mason News, August 28, 2019)

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus