The Dominant Animal

Human Evolution and the Environment

Protected: Author Biography

Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. An expert in the fields of evolution, ecology, taxonomy, and population biology, Ehrlich has conducted fieldwork from the Arctic and the Antarctic to the tropics, and from high mountains to the ocean floor. Professor Ehrlich has written more than 800 scientific papers and popular articles as well as many books, including The Population Bomb, The Process of Evolution, The Machinery of Nature, The Science of Ecology, Human Natures, Betrayal of Science and Reason, One With Nineveh, and many others.

Among his many scientific honors, Ehrlich is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the British Ecological Society, and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded the first AAAS/Scientific American Prize for Science in the Service of Humanity, and he received the Crafoord Prize in Population Biology and the Conservation of Biological Diversity, an explicit substitute for the Nobel Prize in fields of science for which the latter is not given. Ehrlich has also received a MacArthur Fellowship, the Volvo Environmental Prize for Environmental Sciences, and the Blue Planet Prize, and he was the first recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Medal.

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Anne H. Ehrlich is Senior Research Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences of Stanford University as well as Policy Coordinator of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Californian Academy of Sciences. Besides having conducted research on butterflies and reef fish, she has worked actively with a number of environmental organizations, including Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club. She was deeply involved in issues such as the environmental impacts of nuclear war and other problems of population, resources, and the environment. She has served as a government advisor and on boards of directors of several organizations and small foundations.

Anne was co-editor of Hidden Dangers, and Anne and Paul together have authored a series of books, including Ecoscience, Extinction, Earth, The Population Explosion, Healing the Planet, The Stork and the Plow, Betrayal of Science and Reason, and One With Nineveh.

Anne and Paul together have jointly received the Saskawa Environment Prize of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP), the Heinz Award in the Environment, the American Humanist Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Distinguished Peach Leadership Award, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Their most recent book together is The Dominant Animal, is available from Island Press.