ICTE Events History

World Ecology Medal, World Ecology Day, Jane & Whitney Harris Lecture Series, Conservation Forum


World Ecology Medal

This medal is awarded to an eminent, international leader who has been committed to solving environmental problems. The purpose of the medal is to draw attention to ecological problems and to increase the visibility of the ICTE and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The medal winners have been:

Dr. Jane Goodall, 1999

Dr. Richard Leakey, 1996

President José María Figueres of Costa Rica, 1995

Dr. Paul Ehrlich, 1993

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, 1992

Jacques Cousteau, 1991

John Denver, 1990


World Ecology Day


October 23, 1998 "Getting off the Ark: The Role of Zoos in Species and Habitat Conservation"

Patrick Osborne, Greetings

Louise Bradshaw, Director of Education, Saint Louis Zoo

"Conservation Education at Zoos and Aquariums: How We Get YOU Involved in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places"

George Amato, Director of Conservation Genetics at the Wildlife Conservation Society

"Using MolecularMarkers to Identify Conservation Units and Priorities"

Devra G. Kleiman, Senior Research Scientist, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland

"The Golden Lion Tamarins of Brazil: An Example of the Role of Zoos as Partners in Species Conservation"


October 24, 1997 "The Rise and Fall of Large Rivers: Life in the Flood Zone"

Patrick Osborne, Moderator

John M. Melack, Department of Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Biogeochemical and Ecological Processes on the Floodplain on the Amazon River: Experimental, Observational, and Remote Sensing Studies"

Jeffrey E. Richey, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

"From Mesopotamia to the Amazon: How do Very Large Rivers Represent Their Landscape?"

Robert Meade, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

"The Mississippi: The Engineered River"


October 25, 1996 "Ecological Disruption: Plagues and Pests in a World Without Borders"

Victoria Sork, Moderator

Terry Yates, Department Chair of Biology at the University of New Mexico, Alburquerque, NM

"How Global Climate Changes May Have Caused an Ancient Mouse Virus to Become a Fatal Human Disease"

Orley "Chip" Taylor, Professor of Zoology at the University of Kansas,Lawrence, KS

"African Bees in America - How Did They Get Here, What is Their Future and Why Are They Called Killer Bees?"

Robin Marantz Henig, Prize-winning author

"A Dancing Matrix: Emerging Viruses in ebola, AIDS, and other Human Epidemics"


October 20, 1995 "Environmental Justice: Pollution, Poverty and People"

Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, Moderator

The Reverend Dr. Buck Jones, Minister of Metropolitan Mission for the Illinois South and the Missouri Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Founder and Executive Director of East St. Louis and St. Louis H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Emerge)

"Together We Can and Must EradicateEnvironmental Injustice"

Diane Takvorian, Executive Director and Founding Member of the Environmental Health Coalition

"Toxics and Neighborhoods Don't Mix: Environmental Justice and Urban Environmental Health Issues"

Janice Whitney Annunziata, Member of the United Nations Environment Programme Working Committee

"Maintaining Environmental Integrity on Indian Lands"

Frank Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Falcon Products

"International Perspective on Environmental Issues Affecting the Economy"

Keith Miller, General Superintendent of Environmental Safety and Health at Monsanto's W.G. Krummrich Plant in Sauget, IL

"The Monsanto W.G. Krummrich Plant's Role in the Community"

Ron Harding, Vice President of Operations, Mallinckrodt Chemical, Inc.

"Building Strong Communities Through Partnerships"

Charles Lee, Research Director, United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice

"Environmental Justice and Urban Revitalizaiton: Achieving Healthy and Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century"


October 14, 1994 "National Parks: A Cure or a Curse?"

Victoria Sork, Moderator

Dan Pletscher, Director of the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana

"Reintroduction of Predators into National Parks"

Douglas Ladd, Director of Science and Stewardship for the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

"A Local Approach to Biodiversity and Conservation"

Henri Nsanjama, Vice President of the Africa and Madagascar Program of the World Wildlife Fund

"National Parks and Reserves in Africa"

Kent Redford, Director of the Conservation Science and Stewardship Department in the Latin American and

Caribbean Division of the Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA

"Conservation of Biodiversity in a World of Use"


October 15, 1993 "Healing the Earth: Community Strategies for the Future"

Victoria Sork, Moderator

Roger Pryor, Executive Director for the statewide Coalition for the Environment

"The Manhattan Project - St. Louis' Toxic Secret"

Michael Struebel, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Visiting Professor at Washington University,

Department of Political Science

"Environmental Policies in Europe: Problems of United Germany"

Norman Lippman, Documentary Filmmaker

"Slash and Earn: Sustainable and Profitable Forest Management in Latin American Communities"

Judith Carney, Professor of Geography at the University of California-Los Angeles

"Managers or Destroyers? The African Rural Poor and Natural Resource Use"

Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Department of Biological Studies at Stanford University

"Healing the Earth: Where We Stand Now"


November 18, 1992 "Environmental Protection: How Much Can We Afford?"

Victoria Sork, Moderator

Garth H. Fort, Director, Environmental Operations, Monsanto Company

Jeff DeBonis, Executive Director, Association of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics

G. Tracy Mehan III, Associate Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency


November 8, 1991 "Saving Our Endangered Species"

Dr. Victoria Sork, Moderator

Dr. Alan Templeton, Washington University

"Genetics and Conservation Policy: The Ivory Trade and Endangered Species Act"

Marie Bruegmann, Conservation Projects Coordinator at the Center for Plant Conservation

"Issues in Rare Plant Conservation"

Dr. Stephen S. Mulkey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

"Global Climate Change and Effects on Plant Population"

Dr. Barry Noon, U.S. Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Research Lab

"Old Growth and the Spotted Owl Controversy"


September 13, 1990 "The Tropical Rain Forest: A Global Crisis?"

Dr. Victoria Sork, Moderator

Dr. Bette Loiselle, Tropical Ornithologist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

"The Link Between Dwindling Bird Populations and Tropical Deforestation"

Dr. Rudolfo Dirzo, Tropical Ecologist, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico

"Mammal Extinctions and the Stability of Tropical Forests"

Dr. Gary Hartshorn, Vice President of Conservation Science of the World Wildlife Fund

"Innovative Approaches to Saving Tropical Forests"



Jane & Whitney Harris Lecture Series


April, 1999, Dr. Ariel Lugo

"Active Management and the Conservation of Tropical Forests"

April, 1998, Dr. Harry W. Greene

Dr. Greene is an herpetologist and evolutionary biologist with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. This event is co-sponsored by the International Center for Tropical Ecology and the St. Louis Zoo.

March, 1997, Dr. G. David Tilman

Dr. Tilman is known for his landmark studies of the relationship between plant productivity and diversity. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Zoo, and the International Center for Tropical Ecology.

April, 1996, Dr. Paul Alan Cox

"The Samoan Triangle: Rainforests, Flying Foxes and Indigenous Peoples"

March, 1995, Dr. Lincoln P. Brower

"The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly"

March, 1994, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni

"Life in the Forest Canopy: Exploration of 'The Last Frontier'"

April, 1993, Dr. George Schaller

"Giant Pandas, Wild Yaks and Tibetan Antelopes: Can they be saved?"

May, 1992, Dr. Mark J. Plotkin

"Rainforest Conservation and the Search for New Jungle Medicines"

April, 1991, Dr. Amy Vedder

"Mountain Gorillas: Cornerstone of Conservation"


Conservation Forum


October 1998, The Living World, St. Louis Zoo

Afternoon Sessions

Dr. Walter C. Crawford, Jr., World Bird Sanctuary

"Live animals in education: Preserving species and biodiversity through interactive educational programs"

Ron Goellner, General Curator, St. Louis Zoo

"Field conservation programs through the St. Louis Zoo"

Dr. Susan Lindsey, Executive Director, Wild Canid Survival and Research Center

"One man's vision: A dream fulfilled (how Midwesterns saved the endangered Red and Wolves)"

Drs. Bette Loiselle and Patrick Osborne (Moderators), Director and Executive Director, International Center for Tropical Ecology

"Growing up amidst the rainforest: A view of conservation issues from Tropical residents"

Evening Sessions

Dr. Alan Templeton, Professor Sept. Biology & Genetics, Washington University Trustee, The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter

"Landscape management: The Collared Lizard vs Smokey the Bear"

Dr. Brien A. Meilleur, President and Executive Director, Center for Plant Conservation

"Plant Conservation in the United States Tropics and Sub-tropics: The Role of the Center for Plant Conservation"

Dr. Amy Veeder, Director of Africa Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society

"Conservation in the midst of conflict: Lessons from Africa"


October 1997, Powder Valley Conservaion Nature Center, Missouri Department of Conservation

Roderic B. Mast, Vice President for Species Conservation at Conservation International.

"How a Midweterner can make an impact on international conservation"

Dr. Bette A. Loiselle, Director of the International Center for Tropical Ecology, and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"Conservation through research and education: the role of the International Center for Tropical Ecology"

Douglas Ladd, Director of Science and Stewardship of the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

"Conservation in a Midwestern Landscape"