Professor- Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy and Social Sciences
Dr. Talbot is an ecologist and geographer, specialist in international environmental affairs, ecology, environmental policies and institutions, conservation biology and natural resource management, with over 50 years of professional environmental experience, approximately half spent working on environmental issues in 130 countries outside the U.S. When not at GMU he is president of Lee Talbot Associates International, advisors on environment and development; and a Senior Environmental Consultant or Advisor to the World Bank, the Asian and Inter-American Development Banks, U.N. bodies, governments and universities. Formerly Director-General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), he also held the position of environmental advisor to three U.S. Presidents, and was head of environmental sciences at the Smithsonian Institution.
He has served on over 20 committees and panels of the National Academy of Sciences. Author of over 285 scientific, technical and popular publications including 17 books and monographs, with some translations in nine foreign languages, he has received national and international awards and recognition for his scientific accomplishments, environmental work, popular and scientific writing, and documentary film.