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Harvard Museum of Natural History announces Jeremy Jackson as the
2008 Roger Tory Peterson Medal Recipient and Guest Speaker on
Sunday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m.

(Cambridge, MA) Jeremy Jackson, renowned marine ecologist of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been selected to receive the 11th annual Roger Tory Peterson Medal presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Dr. Jackson will deliver the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Harvard University Science Center, One Oxford Street, Cambridge.  

In his lecture, entitled “Brave New Ocean”, Jackson will discuss the future of the world’s oceans. Decades of over-fishing, habitat destruction and ocean warming have left our marine ecosystems and biodiversity in a state of crisis. But with successful management and conservation strategies, Jackson sees hope for renewing the health and sustainability of our oceans.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History inaugurated the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture in 1997 to keep alive the memory of the pioneering naturalist and author of the legendary Peterson Field Guide to Birds. This annual event celebrates and perpetuates Roger Tory Peterson’s tireless efforts to conserve the planet’s biological diversity. Past recipients of the medal have included E.O. Wilson, Jared M. Diamond, Paul R. Ehrlich, Bruce Babbitt, Richard Leakey, Peter Matthiessen, David Attenborough, Roger Bateman, David Suzuki and Jane Goodall.  

Dr. Jeremy Jackson is currently the William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Jackson's current research includes the long-term ecological effects of overfishing on coastal ecosystems and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, which divided the Pacific and Atlantic oceans about three million years ago.

Jackson is co-founder of the Shifting Baselines Media Campaign, a public educational program bringing together ocean conservation scientists and organizations with filmmakers and producers in Hollywood. The campaign has developed unconventional outreach materials, such as public service announcements with famous actors or comic settings.

Jackson is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and five books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received the Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service of the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. He has served on committees of the National Research Council, the Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Science Commission of the Smithsonian Institution.

Admission to the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture is $5 for the general public and free for museum members. Advance tickets are required. Tickets for the public will be available from the Harvard Box Office in Holyoke Center (617-496-2222) beginning on March 18, 2008. Both the Harvard Science Center and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are wheelchair accessible.

Major support for the 2008 Roger Tory Peterson Medal and Lecture is provided by
Houghton Mifflin.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University’s collections and research to present a historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature. More than 165,000 visitors annually make it the University’s most-visited museum.  

The 2008 Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture press release is available for download in pdf format.