Dr. Michael Soulé

As a graduate student in 1962, Michael Soulé (back row, second from the left) joined researchers from the San Diego Natural History Musuem on the Belvedere Expedition, a voyage for the biological exploration of the islands in the Gulf of California.

Keynote Speaker—Dr. Michael Soulé

Dr. Michael Soulé has had a long association with the Museum. When asked about his early days growing up in Southern California, he remarked, “I have a soft spot in my heart for SDNHM. I ‘grew up’ in the museum and discovered my home there. I didn’t know what to do with my strange urges as a naturalist until someone suggested I check out the museum. It saved my life in a way.”

This is high praise from the Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, and founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network. Considered by many to be the father of conservation biology as a research discipline, Dr. Soulé has written and edited many books on the subject and published more than 170 papers in journals. He is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal. He was also named by Audubon Magazine as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century, is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Conservation Achievement Award for Science (1998) and the Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego (2007), and was in the first class of recipients of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award in 2009.

Dr. Soulé will kick off the State of Biodiversity Symposium with a keynote address titled, "Subversive Ecology," which he will share again for the general public in the evening Nat Talk.

Program Change: Regrettably, Dr. Michael Soulé will be unable to attend the event because of unforeseeable health issues. If Dr. Soulé can’t make it to the event, then we are going to take the event to Dr. Soulé. Dr. Michael Wall, our VP of Science and Conservation will be traveling to Colorado to meet with Dr. Soulé for a video interview about the State of Biodiversity. We’ll be presenting that interview at the symposium and Nat Talk as part of the Opening Remarks. All other symposium events remain the same. The Nat Talk will still feature the scheduled moderated panel discussion that includes Dr. Edith Allen from UC-Riverside, Dr. Chris Funk of Colorado State University, Dr. Lorenzo Rojas de Bracho from Coordinación de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos in Mexico, Dr. Alexandra Syphard of the Conservation Biology Institute, and the Nat's Dr. Michael Wall.