Thomas Lovejoy

became the first recipient of the newly created Heinz Center Biodiversity Chair in 2008. Previously, he served as president of the Heinz Center. Before coming to The Heinz Center, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity advisor and lead specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean and senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation. Lovejoy has been assistant secretary and counselor to the secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, science advisor to the secretary of the interior, and executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund–US. He conceived the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project, originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the PBS series “Nature.” In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. [+]