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Camille Parmesan  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Bioversity, Climate Change, Education, Fresh Water, Marine and Coastal Areas 

Summary of Achievements:

Professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas, Austin, is one of the nationns leading scientists documenting the impacts of climate change on wildlife. Through her scientific studies, lectures around the country, and outreach to the media, she has led efforts in the scientific community to educate key decision makers and the American public about the risks posed to their natural heritage by global warming.

Her latest study, published in the December 2006 issue of the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, is a meta-analysis of 866 scientific studies on the effects of climate change on terrestrial, marine, and freshwater species. It drew widespread attention to the problem of global warming by showing that species around the globe are disappearing due to climate change at a much faster rate than had earlier been predicted.

Dr. Parmesanns 1996 study of the Edithhs checkerspot butterfly was one of the first studies to document a range shift of a North American wildlife species due to climate change.

Dr. Parmesanns work has been featured in many scientific and popular press reports, such as in Science, Science News, New York Times, London Times, National Public Radio, and the recent BBC film series "State of the Planet" with David Attenborough. It also served as a crucial foundation of NWFFs amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA.

Dr. Parmesan has given seminars for the White House, government agencies, and NGOs. She also served as a lead author and was involved in multiple aspects of the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations).

Dr. Parmesan was a major contributor the National Wildlife Federationns 2002 book, Wildlife Responses to Climate Change, reviewing and editing submissions and working with the scientist contributors in their development as scholars, communicators and conservationists.

Source: IUCN - Gender and Environment



Camille Parmesan
University of Texas
Integrative Biology
1 University Station C0930
Austin, TX 78712
'United States of America '

Email: parmesan@mail.utexas.edu
Website: http://www.iucn.org/