Thomas E. lovejoy

Thomas E. Lovejoy

During his career at the World Wildlife Fund from 1973-1987, Dr. Lovejoy founded the television series "Nature" and was awarded an Emmy for it.

In 1987, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of External Affairs of the Smithsonian Institution and serves on numerous scientific and conservation boards. Dr. Lovejoy's "Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems" project in Brazil alerted policy makers on how forests' fragmentation can accelerate the rate of extinction of species. His research resulted in the environmental impact of development projects becoming criteria for development decisions by the multilateral agencies funded by US and other creditor nations.

He also conceived the concept of debt-for-nature swaps in 1984.

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    8526 Georgetown Pike

    McLean, VA 22102


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    Thomas Lovejoy on Wikipedia