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Greg Asner    

Globabl Ecologist & Conservative Director at ASU

Global ecologist, Dr. Greg Asner, works at the interface of ecosystems, conservation, and climate sciences. With research ranging from tropical ecology to climate change, he develops scientific approaches and technologies for investigation and conservation assessments of large ecoregions, including carbon sequestration and emissions, animal habitat, coral reef resilience, and biological diversity.

Currently, Dr. Asner is the director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He serves on the faculty of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Dr. Asner has published hundreds of scientific articles and has served in numerous national and international programs with NASA, the U.S. State Department, and the United Nations. He is a recipient of multiple scientific and sustainability awards and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Speech Topics

Climate Change: The New Normal

Whether it’s coral reef bleaching, devastating wildfires, or rising sea levels across the globe, we’re currently facing both the anticipated and unexpected effects of climate change today. Dr. Asner can speak to how we all still have time to act and how each of us – scientists or not – can play our part.

The Importance of Biodiversity

The planet’s best natural defenses against climate change are already here – our rainforests. Dr. Asner speaks to audiences about how conservation and biodiversity are the keys in the battle against climate change.

Making Science Accessible to All

Dr. Asner can help bridge the disconnect between many people and the science community by sharing the wonders of biodiversity, the advantages to conservation, and technological and scientific breakthroughs.

Our Government Isn’t Doing Enough. What Can Individuals Do?

The average person can feel dismayed and helpless because of the current inaction of the government, combined with the constant drumbeat of negative news around climate change. Dr. Asner preaches optimism by sharing his exciting research and practical steps for average Americans to tackle those challenges, be it at home or in a voting booth.

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