Quote: At no time in human history has there been a greater awareness and opportunity for transformation.

M. Sanjayan: Conservation Scientist

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Host: Jonathan Foley

Jonathan Foley

Jonathan Foley is director of the Institute on the Environment and professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of the Minnesota. He has published in numerous popular and academic publications, and regularly advises corporations, NGOs and governments around the world.

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The Nature Conservancy

May 10, 2012 | 7:30 PM

What will it take to create a truly sustainable relationship with our environment? M. Sanjayan, lead conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy, discussed how people and nature can thrive together if we reboot the environmental movement by engaging three often-ignored constituencies – the business community, the world's 2 billion poorest people, and today's youth.

An internationally renowned biodiversity champion, Sanjayan frequently speaks at widely recognized venues, including the World Forum on Sustainable Development, International Women's Forum and TED Global 2010. His work has received extensive print media coverage — from Vanity Fair to National Geographic Adventure, Outside to the New York Times. In 2007 he was named and featured as one of Men's Journal's Heroes of 2007. He is a frequent guest on NBC's “Today Show” and has appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

He has also co-hosted documentaries for the Discovery Channel (“Mysteries of the Shark Coast,” “Expedition Alaska”) and BBC (“Wildlife in a War-Zone”), and was featured on National Geographic TV (“Earth Report 2009”). He also hosted a four-part series on energy for Discovery Channel (“Powering the Future”), which aired in July 2010.

In addition to his popular work, Sanjayan has published in scientific journals, including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology, and co-edited the book Connectivity Conservation (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

When not at work, Sanjayan can be found either trekking in Africa or fly-fishing in western Montana.

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