Frank Almeda: I'd like to introduce Jose Sarukhan. He is currently a Professor in the Institute of Ecology at the National University of Mexico. During the 1997/98 academic year he is Visiting Tinker Professor at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the National University of Mexico in 1964. In 1968 he received his Master of Science degree in Agricultural Botany from the graduate school of Agricultural Sciences in Mexico and his Ph.D. in Ecology in 1972 from the University of Wales.
He holds numerous honorary doctoral degrees from such institutions as New York University, University of Wales, University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, University of Colima, University of Idalgo and the graduate college in Agricultural Sciences all in Mexico.
Professor Sarukhan was Director of the Institute of Biology at the National University of Mexico from 1978 through 1986, Vice President for Science at the same university from 1987 through 1988, and President of the University of Mexico from 1989 until 1996. He has published nearly 100 papers and seven books on tropical ecology, plant population ecology, ecology, biodiversity and handbooks on weeds and tropical trees of Mexico as well as many publications on higher education and scientific development in Mexico.
He's played very important roles in the establishment of biosphere reserves and biological research stations in Mexico. He has also held officer appointments in many professional organizations and has been appointed as scientific advisor to many international committees addressing problems of the environment. So without further adieu, it is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Sarukhan who will be talking about biodiversity, global vision and national action.