John Terborgh

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John W. Terborgh is a conservation biologist.

Terborgh graduated from Harvard College in 1958 and received his PhD in plant physiology from Harvard University in 1963.

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 1992 Terborgh was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1996 he was awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.[1]

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:


  1. ^ "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 

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