Thomas Lovejoy Death – Cause of Death: Renowned conservation biologist, Thomas Lovejoy has passed away.
Thomas Lovejoy, “the Godfather of Biodiversity”, President of the Amazon Biodiversity Center, a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and university professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University died on Christmas day. He was 80 years old.
Very sad business losing Thomas Lovejoy. He was a strong amazing pioneer and greatly respected by so many. Do not allow his hard life's work to go away or die with him. Set your eyes on the threats to the Amazon Rain Forrest. Its dies several feet an hour. https://t.co/x76rld3cLG
— JOHNNY AUSTIN (@BigDaddy101560s) December 26, 2021
Lovejoy joined Mason’s College of Science in 2010. He served as a University Professor within the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and scientific director.
“Dr. Lovejoy was a giant among leaders in environmental stewardship. His loss is devastating to George Mason University, humanity, and the planet itself,” George Mason President Gregory Washington said.
“Nicknamed ‘the Godfather of Biodiversity,’ Dr. Lovejoy was also a good and decent person, whom I will miss very much.”
Lovejoy introduced the term biological diversity to the scientific community in 1980. He formerly was chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
In 2016, he was selected as a U.S. Science Envoy by the
United States State Department.
In 2018, Lovejoy co-founded the Amazon Biodiversity Center to support the work of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project. He was elected member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences in 2021.