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John W. Terborgh is a conservation biologist.
Since 1973 Terborgh has operated Cocha Cashu Biological Station, a tropical ecology research station in Manú National Park, Peru. He served on the faculty of the University of Maryland then, for 18 years, on the faculty of Princeton University. In 1989 he moved to Duke University where he joined the faculty of the (now) Nicholas School of the Environment and founded the Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation.
In 2005, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation during the ATBC Annual meeting held in Uberlandia, Brazil.
Terborgh is the author of hundreds of scientific papers and popular essays, and author or editor of several books:
- Requiem for Nature. Island Press. 2004. p. 256. ISBN 1-55963-588-6.
- John Terborgh, Carel van Schaik, Lisa Davenport, Madhu Rao, ed. (2002). Making parks work: strategies for preserving tropical nature. Island Press. p. 511. ISBN 1-55963-905-9.
- Diversity and the Tropical Rain Forest. Scientific American Library. 1992. p. 242. ISBN 0-7167-5030-9.
- Where Have All the Birds Gone? Essays on the Biology and Conservation of Birds That Migrate to the American Tropics. Princeton University Press. 1989. p. 224. ISBN 0-691-02428-6.
- Five New World Primates: A Study in Comparative Ecology. Princeton University Press. 1983. p. 260. ISBN 0-691-08338-X.
- "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- Nicholas School Faculty: Terborgh
- Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation
- New York Review of Books: John Terborgh
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