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Wednesday, September 30, 1998

Biodiversity: Topic of Next Millennium Speaker, Dr. Lovejoy, October 21

SALISBURY, MD--Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, will address the issue of Biodiversity on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Salisbury State University. Part of this falls lecture series, Beyond 2000: A Journey into the Millennium, Lovejoys presentation is free and open to the public. The lecture is in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

A tropical biologist and conservation biologist who has worked in the Amazon of Brazil since 1965, Lovejoys presentation addresses the enormous impact that the stunning scale and rate of todays extinction of plant and animal species will have on humankind.

He is generally credited with having brought the tropical forest problem to the fore as a public issue, and is one of the main protagonists in the science and conservation of biological diversity. He was the first person to use the term biological diversity in 1980 and made the first projection of global extinction rates in the Global 2000 Report to the President that same year.

He is the founder of the public television series Nature, and for many years served as principal advisor to the series. The program is the most popular long-term series on public television.

He conceived the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of the Ecosystems project, also known as the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project. It is a joint research project of the Smithsonian Institution and Brazils National Institute for Amazon Research. The program is considered a centerpiece of the newly emerging discipline of conservation biology.

In 1987 he was appointed assistant secretary for environmental and external affairs for the Smithsonian Institution. In September 1994, he became counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he serves on numerous scientific and conservation boards and advisory groups.

For more information on the Millennium Series or a complete listing of fall 1998 cultural events at the University, contact the SSU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030.

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