March 14, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Daniel Botkin and Stuart Pimm will give a series of lectures at Amherst College sponsored by the Thomas F. Pick Environmental Studies Fund. On Monday, March 26, Botkin will discuss “What Thoreau Would Say to George W. Bush: Solving Environmental Problems in the 21st Century.” On Thursday, March 29, Pimm will address “Life on Earth: Does it Have a Future?” Both lectures will take place in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Daniel B. Botkin is a biologist working to solve immediate environmental problems, and has also been a professional journalist. According to Botkin, our cultural legacy often dominates what we believe to be scientific solutions, so he considers the place of science, business and government in new approaches to environmental issues, often drawing on historical accounts.

Educated at the Universities of Rochester and Wisconsin and Rutgers University, with degrees in physics, biology and literature, Botkin is now a research professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has previously been associated with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and Yale University.

Botkin is now the president of the Center For The Study Of The Environment in Santa Barbara, which he helped to found in 1991. His writings include Our Natural History: Lessons From Lewis and Clark (1995), No Man’s Garden: Thoreau and A New Vision for Civilization and Nature (2000), Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century (1990) and Forest Dynamics: An Ecological Model (1993).

Stuart L. Pimm’s research interest is the biology of conservation. He has conducted theoretical and empirical studies on the problems of endangered and introduced species. Pimm contends that conservation biology raises the most challenging questions for ecological theory. Now professor of ecology at the Center for Ecological Research and Conservation at Columbia University, Pimm was educated at Oxford University and New Mexico State University. Pimm’s books include Food Webs (1982), The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities (1991) and The Bird Watcher's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of European Birds (1994). He has been selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and received the Kempe Prize for Distinguished Ecologists.