Conservationist Sax named a Leopold Leadership Fellow

Conservationist Sax named a Leopold Leadership Fellow

Professor Dov Sax:   Professor Dov Sax Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dov Sax has been named one of 19 Leopold Leadership Fellows for 2009. The awards program, based at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, helps mid-career academic scientists make their scientific knowledge accessible to decision-makers.

The fellows were chosen for their outstanding qualifications as scientists, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences. Each fellow participates in two-week training sessions that include practice media interviews and testimony at a mock congressional hearing.

“Academic scientists work hard to understand environmental problems and to develop potential solutions, but actually solving problems requires a two-way flow of information and communication between scientists and decision-makers,” said Pamela Matson, dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and scientific drector of the program. “The Leopold Leadership Program trains academics to close the gap between knowledge and action.”

Sax, who joined the Brown faculty in 2007, studies species invasion, particularly that of non-native plants and animals. He is evaluating conservation strategies that may help to preserve biodiversity from new threats posed by climate change. Sax received his bachelor’s degree from UC-Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. As a postdoctoral fellow at UC-Santa Barbara, he explored the effect of species invasions on the biodiversity of oceanic islands. A co-founder of the International Biogeography Society, he has edited books on biogeography and species invasions.