Thomas E. Lovejoy

Senior Adviser to the STAP Chair


Dr. Thomas Lovejoy is an ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked in the Amazon on science and conservation since 1965. He was the first to use the term biological diversity and to project global extinctions (both 1980). Dr. Lovejoy has worked on biodiversity and climate change and co-edited three books on the subject (1992, 2005 and 2019). The concept of debt-for-nature swaps was originated by Dr. Lovejoy in 1984.

Dr. Lovejoy is one of 120 scientists elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2021. He previously served as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facilityand now serves as a Senior Adviser to the Chair. At present, he is University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation, and Explorer at Large at the National Geographic. Dr. Lovejoy previously led the program for the World Wildlife Fund-United States, occupied senior positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the World Bank, and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.

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Thomas E. Lovejoy