John W. Terborgh, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences  

John W. Terborgh

John W. Terborgh is a James B. Duke Professor of Environmental Science and is Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and for the past thirty-five years, he has been actively involved in tropical ecology and conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests, Dr. Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation themes. Since 1973 he has operated a field station in Peru's Manu National Park where he has overseen the research of more than 100 investigators. Dr. Terborgh earlier served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Princeton University. In June 1992 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his distinguished work in tropical ecology, and in April 1996 he was awarded the National Academy of Science Daniel Giraud Elliot medal for his research, and for his book Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest. He has served on several boards and advisory committees related to conservation, including the Wildlands Project, Cultural Survival, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund and both the Primate and Ecology Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Ph.D.,  Harvard University, 1963
M.A.,  Harvard University, 1960
AM Biology, Harvard University, 1960
B.A.,  Harvard University, 1958
AB Biology (cum laude), Harvard College, 1958

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tropical ecology
conservation biology

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Terborgh, J; Lopez, L; Nuñez, P; Rao, M; Shahabuddin, G; Orihuela, G; Riveros, M; Ascanio, R; Adler, GH; Lambert, TD; Balbas, L, Ecological meltdown in predator-free forest fragments., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 294 no. 5548 (November, 2001), pp. 1923-1926 [doi]  [abs].
  2. J.W. Terborgh, A dying world. Reviews "One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon rain forest" by Wade Davis and "The Amazon River Forest: A Natural History of Plants, Animals, and People" by Nigel Smith, New York Review of Books, vol. 47 (2000), pp. 38-40 .
  3. J.W. Terborgh, Requien para a natureza, in II Congresso Brasileiro de Unidades de Conservacão, Anais, Conferencias e Palestras, vol. 1 (2000), pp. 92-96 .
  4. Terborgh, JW, In the company of humans, Natural History, vol. 109 (2000), pp. 54-62 .
  5. Cintra, R; Terborgh, JW, Microspatial heterogeneity and seed and seedling survival of the palm, Astrocaryum murumuru, and the legume, Dipteryx micrantha, in an Amazonian forest, Ecotropica, vol. 6 (2000), pp. 77-88 .
  6. Terborgh, J, The fate of tropical forests: A matter of stewardship, Conservation Biology : the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, vol. 14 no. 5 (January, 2000), pp. 1358-1361, WILEY [doi] .

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