2012 Discover Life in America’s Annual Conference a Huge Success including a visit by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Conservation Biologist E.O. Wilson

2012 Discover Life in America’s Annual Conference a Huge Success including a visit by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Conservation Biologist E.O. Wilson

By todd - Posted on 13 April 2012

The search for life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was celebrated at a unique gathering in Gatlinburg, March 22-24, hosted by Discover Life in America (DLIA). The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference brings experts and volunteers from around the world in celebration of citizen science and the amazing biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This year’s conference was titled “The Roots of Biodiversity with Dr. E.O. Wilson.”


The conference, with over 200 in attendance, was dedicated to a first of its kind project to discover every living species in the Park and was headlined by Wilson – the world renowned naturalist and author who spent a year studying at the University of Tennessee in the 1950s. Wilson has been called one of the most important biological theorists since Darwin by The New York Times and one of the Top 25 Most Influential Americans by Time Magazine.


“Dr. Wilson has been at the forefront of the global effort to save wildlife and species around the world and it is truly an honor to have him speak at our conference,” said Todd Witcher, Executive Director of DLIA. “He is a vocal supporter of efforts such as ATBI to document and protect species, and I hope his visit helped spur a renewed effort to save the Smokies’ spectacular wealth of biodiversity.” During his keynote address Dr. Wilson acknowledged the “groundbreaking work of Discover Life in America,” and urged citizens to “support not only this project in the Smokies, but all biodiversity research world-wide.”

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