CV: Grew up in Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. Studied under legendary conservation biologist Michael Soulé. TNC, the world’s largest conservation organization, hired him as lead scientist in 2004. Now travels the globe designing conservation programs, with a focus on involving local communities in environmental efforts. Teaches conservation at the University of Montana. Appears regularly on CBS. Fly-fishes for trout in his (rare) free time.
From: Missoula, Montana
Job: Lead scientist, the Nature Conservancy; environmental contributor, CBS News
12: Countries he’s visited in the past year.
Up Next: A TV series for PBS about the intersection of man and nature, from Malawi to the Arctic.
On Embracing Your Forties: “It’s the age of moderation and consistency. As I get older, recovery times get slower, my knees hurt a bit more, and a late night morphs into a rough morning. But right now I’m at the apex—that wonderful place where I know what to do and have the ability to do it.”