Daniel H. Janzen

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"Daniel H. Janzen, one of the world's foremost conservation biologists and the first recipient of the prestigious Crafoord Prize for biosciences...

"Janzen is the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical adviser to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Guanacaste Conservation Area) in northwestern Costa Rica. Known for his research on the co-evolution of plants and animals, he is the author of more than 400 scientific articles. He and his biologist wife, Winnie Hallwachs, are among the primary architects of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, which was decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999...

"Janzen received the inaugural Crafoord Prize for biosciences, given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in 1984, in recognition of research that combined detailed observation and simple field experiments, especially his breakthroughs regarding the co-evolution of ants and acacia trees. "While he did not coin the term 'co-evolution,' he has done more to spread this notion around the scientific world than anybody else," the award citation said.

"He received a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 1989 and the Kyoto Prize in Basic Science in 1997. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Costa Rican National Academy of Sciences, and is a longtime honorary member of the Costa Rican National Park Service." [1]

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  1. Biodiversity expert Daniel Janzen to speak at Indiana University, Indiana University, accessed December 5, 2008.