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Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“The Signature of Time and Place: Celebrating the Southeast’s Remarkable Biodiversity Pattern”
Peter White received his PhD from Dartmouth College in plant ecology. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Missouri Botanical Garden and a research position with the University of Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For 28 years he led the North Carolina Botanical Garden, an award winning conservation-focused institution, and joined the faculty full-time in January. He teaches conservation biology and ecology at UNC. He was one of the founding leaders of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Smokies. His research focuses on conservation topics, disturbance ecology, and patterns of alpha and beta diversity.
Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service, and Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Clemson University
“Revisiting Leopold: Resource Stewardship in the National Parks"
Dr. Gary Machlis is Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service, the first scientist appointed to this position. He is responsible for advising the Director on science policy, programs, and science-informed decisions concerning resources within the National Park System. Dr. Machlis also co-leads the Department of the Interior's Strategic Sciences Group, which does science-based assessments during major environmental disasters, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy. His research examines coupled human-natural systems, sustainability, and science during crisis.
Executive Director, Discover Life in America
“The Smokies ATBI: A Model for Global Biodiversity Census”
Todd P. Witcher is the Executive Director of Discover Life in America (DLIA). DLIA is the non-profit coordinating the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Before becoming the ED at DLIA he worked as an educator for Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville Tennessee for 16 years. Todd has an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Biology (1987), a Masters in Business from Lincoln Memorial University (1991), and a Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee (1997). Todd is an eighth generation Tennessean having grown up in the small town of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee where the Witcher family has lived since the late 1700’s.
President, Gorongosa Restoration Project
"A Twenty-year Project to Restore Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique"
As a humanitarian and prolific philanthropist, Mr. Carr has dedicated the last 15 years of his career to the betterment of the human condition and the world we live in. In 1999, he co-founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Joining family and friends, he co-founded the Museum of Idaho in 2000, a cultural and natural history museum in Idaho Falls that is the largest institution of its kind in the state. In 2008, Mr. Carr signed a 20-year agreement with the Government of Mozambique to restore and co-manage the country’s flagship national park, Gorongosa. National Geographic Television chronicled the Park’s restoration in their film Africa’s Lost Eden.