Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Professor Ceballos is both very well-known and highly distinguished environmental scientist. That status is the result of (1) his pioneering and extraordinarily diverse ecological and conservation research, (2) his unparalleled efforts to bring ecological knowledge to bear on crucial societal issues, (3) his building of bridges between ecology and conservation in order to humane find paths to ecological sustainability, and (4) his untiring efforts to increase the ecological literacy of the general public. Professor Ceballos’ distinction is now doing path-breaking research, building cross-disciplinary collaborations, training students and post-docs, and tirelessly propagating his insights to policy-makers and the public.
He did his BA in Biology in Mexico City, a Masters in Ecology in the University of Wales and his Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Arizona. He is a Professor at the UNAM since 1998 and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences since 1993. Ceballos’ work has had a major impact on the definition and implementation of environmental policies in natural protected areas, endangered species, and environmental impact statements. He proposed the first Mexican endangered species act, which includes roughly 3000 species of plants and animals in the country. This is the most important environmental legislation providing protection to those species in Mexico. In addition, he has tiredly proposed the establishment and better management of Mexican protected areas. He has been personally proposed to the government and seen through to establishment more than 20 protected areas, that almost 2% of the Mexican land territory.
Ceballos scientific production includes 500 scientific and outreach articles, and 54 books. He is the ecologist and conservationist in Latin America with more books published; no ecologist in Mexico has more articles in the best scientific journals. His work has appeared in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PlosOne, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Ecological Applications and Biological Conservation. His work has been cited more that 26,500 times in journals and books.
Professor Ceballos has taught courses in conservation of biological diversity in undergraduate and graduate programs at UNAM, UAM and the University of Arizona; he has taught more than 1000 students. He has directed more than 40 graduate theses. He has received numerous international scientific and conservation awards. He was elected as a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2019, an honor that he shares with only other 6 Mexican scientists.
Monday, August 15, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT