Claudio Padua

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Claudio Padua "received a degree in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of Economy and Finances of Rio de Janeiro and worked in this field until 1980. Concerned with the loss of biodiversity in Brazil, Claudio abandoned the business world and decided to study biology to work for the conservation of endangered primates at the Rio de Janeiro Primate Center. He graduated from the University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro in 1982 and in the same year participated in an intensive training program on the breeding of endangered species in captivity at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, UK.

"In 1983, he joined University Gama Filho again, this time teaching Introduction to Ecology. He started his graduate studies at the University of Florida in August, 1984 and completed requirements for a Master of Arts degree in January of 1987 and for a Ph.D. in 1993. Claudio is a co-founder of IPÊ - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research) in Brazil where he works as Director of Conservation Science.

"In Brazil, he is also a Professor at the University of Brasília. In the US, he is an Associate Senior Researcher at Columbia University, New York, and senior international coordinator of the Wildlife Trust Alliance. He is also vice-president for conservation of the National Fund for the Environment (FUNBIO) and WWF Brazil. In the last two years he received three important national and international awards for his work toward the protection of endangered species and their habitats, and for training young conservationists: the Henry Ford Award for Conservation of the Ford Motor Company and Conservation International, the Whitley Continuation Award of the Royal Geographic Society, and the Society for Conservation Biology Achievement Award. He has edited two books and has more than 40 articles published in national and international journals or book chapters." [1]

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  1. Claudio Padua, Wildlife Trust, accessed May 1, 2009.