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Mary C. Pearl

Mary C. Pearl

Mary C. Pearl, Ph. D. is an internationally known conservationist, scientist, and educator who served as the first Dean and Administrative Vice President for Stony Brook University Southampton, and prior to that was president of the Wildlife Trust for 15 years.  She recently completed a year as Chief Executive Officer of The Garrison Institute, a non-sectarian organization promoting evidence-based contemplative and transformational approaches to social and environmental change, including innovative climate change leadership drawing on contemporary behavioral and social science. She is currently the provost of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.At Macaulay Honors College, Dr. Pearl has created a new undergraduate program in science, “Science Forward,” which introduces students to hands-on data collection and analyses and builds critical analytical skills to develop their ability to understand science as a way of learning about the world.  Newsweek magazine described Dr. Pearl as a leading wildlife biologist who has "spearheaded the development of 'conservation medicine' – a scientific exploration of the links between the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems." During her long tenure as President of the Ecohealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust), a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science, linking ecology and health, she helped build careers of local scientists and educators in 20 high-biodiversity countries around the world. She co-founded the Center for Conservation Medicine, a consortium of Wildlife Trust with Tufts Cummings Veterinary School; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; the National Center for Wildlife Health; the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School; and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University, where she also served as an adjunct research scientist. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In the last 40 years, more than one billion acres of tropical forests have vanished, equivalent in size to over half of the continental United States. The rate of cutting, burning and clearing shows no signs of abating. more

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