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James Miller, PhD
Curator and Head, Applied Research Department at the missuri Botanical Garden; Adjunct Professor
Curator and head of the Applied Research Department at the Missouri Botanical Garden, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Miller studies the genetics of tropical plants and the natural products they generate.

Rick Ostfeld, PhD
Animal Ecologist
Animal ecologist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. His research focuses on the interactions among organisms that influence the risk of human exposure to vector-borne diseases and the dynamics of terrestrial communities. His recent research has focused on the causes of the spread of Lyme disease in New England.

Peter H. Raven, PhD
Director, Missori Botanical Garden
Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. He is a past president and chairman of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the esteemed National Medal of Science. Raven, called by Time magazine a "hero for the planet," is a leader in the field of environmental sustainability.

Eleanor Sterling, PhD
Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
Sterling has over fifteen years of field experience studying biodiversity from Madagascar to Vietnam. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she now serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

G. David Tilman, PhD
Professor of Ecology; Director, Cedar Creek Natural History Area
Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, and Director of the Cedar Creek Natural History Area. Tilman studies patterns in the biological diversity, structure and dynamics of plant (and sometimes insect) communities, as well as the effects of biodiversity on the stability and productivity of ecosystems.

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