Our Scientific Advisory Committee consists of scientists and experts across the globe who set the standards for land purchase applications and identify urgent and well-designed habitat-preservation projects.
Professor Dianne Brunton is a behavioural ecologist and has published widely in the fields of behavioural ecology and conservation. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan and completed a postdoc at Yale University before returning to her native New Zealand. Prof. Brunton is currently the head of the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at the Auckland campus of Massey University in New Zealand. With long-term interests in the application of theory to conservation practice, Prof. Brunton also chairs the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund and is a member of expert panels for several national funding agencies.
Dr. Gerardo Ceballos is a professor of ecology and conservation at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Beginning with research on prairie dogs, he emerged as an international leader in the field of conservation biology. Ceballos led the first scientific group to publish distribution patterns for all five thousand mammals in the world. He also initiated the establishment of the first trust for land conservation in Mexico and is presently leading efforts to create an ecological corridor for jaguars in the country. He was recently named as a finalist for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation.
Paul R. Ehrlich has been a household name since the publication of his 1968 bestseller, The Population Bomb. He is Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus and president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize (an explicit substitute for the Nobel Prize in fields of science where the latter is not given), the Blue Planet Prize and numerous other international honours. He investigates a wide range of topics in population biology, ecology, evolution, and human ecology and evolution. Much of his current efforts are focused on the mechanisms of human cultural evolution and ways of directing that evolution to ameliorate the human predicament.
Dr. Nick Haddad is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University. His degrees include a BS in biological sciences from Stanford University and a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia. Haddad’s research focuses on conservation in fragmented landscapes, and in particular on the role of corridors in restoring ecosystems. He also studies the world’s rarest butterflies and works for their conservation. Haddad is the director of graduate programmes in zoology at NC State and serves as a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy–North Carolina Chapter.
Simone Oigman-Pszczol is a marine biologist who received a PhD from Rio de Janeiro State University, with a sandwich doctorate at Tel Aviv University. She completed two postdoctorates in marine ecology at Rio de Janeiro State University. Oigman-Pszczol has published scientific articles and book chapters; participated in sampling, monitoring and surveying of marine biodiversity; and examined and lectured at various research institutions across the globe. She has extensive expertise in environmental impacts on ecological processes, population ecology, coastal marine benthic communities, ecology of rocky shores, unconsolidated vegetated areas, coral reefs and bioinvasion. Oigman-Pszczol is currently the executive director of the Brazilian Institute of Biodiversity; coordinator of the Sun Coral Project, which is part of UNESCO‘s Man and the Biosphere Programme; and advisor to many projects including the Restinga Alive Project, Coffee Awareness Project, Environmental Footprint Programme and Bio Art Project. She also leads a consulting project for the United Nations to develop protocol to monitor the marine biodiversity of Ilha Grande Bay, Brazil.
William (Bill) Ripple
Dr. William (Bill) Ripple is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Oregon State University, specializing in predator ecology, mammal conservation and the ecological effects of predators. He is a widely published researcher and a prominent international figure in the field of ecology and conservation. Ripple directs the Global Trophic Cascades Program at Oregon State University.