On Wednesday March 28th, Jonathan Jarvis and Edward O. Wilson joined moderator Linda J. Bilmes to discuss Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Conservation in America at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. You can watch their 1 hour discussion here.

Edward O. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author.  He is the author of 34 books, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction (for On Human Nature in 1979, and The Ants in 1991) and a New York Times bestseller for The Social Conquest of Earth, Letters to a Young Scientist, and The Meaning of Human Existence.

Jon Jarvis is the former Director of the National Park Service and inaugural Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity. He has co-authored a new book with Gary E. Machlis, his former science advisor, titled “The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water”.  

Linda J. Bilmes is a leading expert on budgeting and public finance. She is a full-time Harvard faculty member, teaching public finance, regional finance and budgeting. Professor Bilmes has authored or co-authored numerous books, book chapters and articles on the costs of war, the value of public lands, conservation, and finance, including the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (with Joseph E. Stiglitz). In 2016 she published the landmark study Total Economic Valuation of the National Park Service Lands and Programs, which established an economic value of park assets for the first time.