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Mary Pearl is a scientist, environmentalist, and educator who served as the first dean and administrative vice president of Stony Brook University Southampton. Before coming to Macaulay Honors College, she was CEO of The Garrison Institute, a research and retreat center. As president for 15 years at the Ecohealth Alliance, a global organization dedicated to innovative conservation science, Dr. Pearl helped build careers of local scientists and educators in 20 high-biodiversity countries around the world. She is also a founding faculty member for the master’s program on Design for Social Innovation at the School for Visual Arts, and recently completed serving as the co-manager of a three-year USAID-funded program based at Indonesia’s National Agricultural University (IBP) to transform science, engineering, and technology education in Indonesia’s high schools. She sits on the board of Brazil’s Institute for Ecological Research and on the Academic Advisory Council of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline.
Newsweek magazine described Dr. Pearl as a leading biologist who has “spearheaded the development of ‘conservation medicine’ – a scientific exploration of the links between the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems.” She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Pearl has written a column, “Natural Selections,” for Discover Magazine. She edited the series Methods and Cases in Conservation Science at Columbia University Press, and is co-editor of Conservation Medicine (Oxford 2002) and Conservation for the 21st Century (Oxford 1990). She has published numerous scientific papers, is Associate Editor of the academic journal Ecohealth (Springer), and serves on the editorial board of Conservation magazine. She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Yale University and holds an honorary doctorate from Marist College.