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Population ecologist Paul Ehrlich to speak at Dodd Center (Released: 4/23/98)

by Renu Aldrich, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Renowned ecologist Paul R. Ehrlich will share his controversial views on the relationship between overpopulation and environmental problems as part of Nature and the Environment, the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series, next Tuesday at the University of Connecticut.

Ehrlich will speak on Betrayal of Science and Reason at 7:30 p.m. at the Dodd Center’s Konover Auditorium. He and his wife, Anne H. Ehrlich, co-authored Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future (Island Press, 1996), chronicling the anti-environment movement.

Brownlash, as the Ehrlichs call backlash against environmental policies, is fueled by distortions of truth and disregard for scientific methodology and has gained credibility despite these inadequacies. In their latest book, the Ehrlichs debunk the anti-environment movement’s beliefs, which include notions such as population growth does not cause environmental damage and may be beneficial, and that humanity is on the verge of abolishing hunger.

Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biological sciences at Stanford University, Ehrlich has been a pioneer in making the public aware of the problems of overpopulation and in making the issues of population, resources, and the environment matters of public policy. He has written hundreds of scientific papers and more than 30 books, including The Population Explosion (Simon & Schuster, 1990).

Ehrlich is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International and a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. He received the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which is given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given, the Volvo Environmental Prize in 1993, and the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize in 1994.

The 1997-1998 Nature and Environment Series is co-sponsored by The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, The Environmental Engineering Program, The Center for Conservation & Biodiversity, The Museum of Natural History and the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Philosophy and Political Science.