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Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scietific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has written more than 800 articles, numerous books, and has edited three encyclopedias. His books include theEncyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Minding Animals, Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature, The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (a children's book), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce), The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Increasing Our Compassion Footprint, Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation, Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears (with Jill Robinson), Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation, and Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. In 1986 Marc became the first American to win his age-class at the Tour du Var bicycle race (also called the Master's/age-graded Tour de France). Among Marc's hobbies are cycling, skiing, hiking, and reading spy novels. Twitter @MarcBekoff.

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Jane Goodall

In the summer of 1960 Jane Goodall arrived in Tanzania on Lake Tanganyika's eastern shore. This marked the beginning of the longest ever continuous field study of animals in their natural habitat. Five years later, she earned a Ph.D. in ethology at Cambridge University and then returned to Tanzania to establish the Gombe Stream Research Center. After 40 consecutive years of research, Dr. Goodall and her team continue to contribute significant findings on chimpanzee behavior and ecology. Her methodology and scientific discoveries revolutionized the field of primatology. Dr. Goodall distinguished between individual chimpanzee personalities, giving them names instead of numbers. She also chronicled chimpanzees making and using tools, a skill once believed exclusive to humans. To provide on going support for chimpanzee research, Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. Today, Dr. Goodall spends most of her time traveling around the world, visiting North America twice a year, in the fall and the spring. The primary purpose of Dr. Goodall's worldwide schedule of appearances is to spread her message of conservation and awareness of the true nature of chimpanzees, and the other beings with whom we share this world. Through her lectures, she also raises funds to support JGIs projects and actively encourages participation in Roots & Shoots, JGIs environmental education and humanitarian program for youth. Dr. Goodall is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and highly respected in both the scientific and lay communities. In 1995, she received the National Geographic Society's prestigious Hubbard Medal "for her extraordinary 35-year study of wild chimpanzees and for tirelessly defending the natural world we share." Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Dr. Goodall the Commander, British Empire, and she is the only non-Tanzanian to have received the Medal of Tanzania.

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