Nature Conservancy scientist to discuss ‘saving earth’


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Nature Conservancy lead scientist and CBS News contributor M. Sanjayan will speak March 26 at the University of Louisville about “Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human-dominated World.”

    The free, public talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, with a reception afterward in the nearby Hite Art Galleries, Schneider Hall. Sanjayan is expected to explain how the environmental movement is falling behind and needs an overhaul that will involve new, unlikely conservation allies: business, young people and the rural poor.

    Sanjayan’s speech is the 2013 UofL Phi Beta Kappa lecture; sponsors are UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences, Kentucky Nature Conservancy and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, an honor society that fosters academic excellence and promotes education in the liberal arts and sciences.

    Since becoming science and environmental contributor to CBS News last year, Sanjayan has covered stories such as global climate change, marine debris, ivory poaching in Africa and fire management in the western United States. He also has been on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Before joining CBS News, his television appearances included CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and NBC’s “Today” show. He has hosted or been featured in numerous documentaries, including the four-part “Powering the Future” series now airing globally on Discovery Channel.

    Sanjayan is filming a multipart series he will host for PBS and National Geographic Television and recently co-hosted a series of short films for BBC World News. This fall he will star in the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously” about human-induced climate change. Print coverage of his work has included The New York Times and National Geographic Adventure; Outside and Afar magazines recently published full-length features on him and his work.

    Also a University of Montana research faculty member, Sanjayan has published in the scholarly journals Science, Nature, Conservation Biology and Marine Policy and writes regularly for The Huffington Post and Orion magazine. He helped launch a digital platform for environmental education,, that has attracted more than 200,000 teachers and students in its first year.

    For more information, contact Tom Byers at 502-608-6103 or or check Sanjayan’s Twitter account @msanjayan

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.