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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Dr. Alex Dehgan

Hacking in the Sixth Extinction

March 12, 2020

Dr. Alex Dehgan

Live Penny Stamps Speaker Series events have been suspended for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester, but this presentation will be posted as a video online.  Please check back for additional details.

Dr. Alex Dehgan’s contributions to the fight against climate change are prolific, solutions-oriented, and built to a global scale. As CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs, an innovation and technology start-up focused on conservation, Dehgan and his team apply science, technology, open innovation, design, and engineering to try to end human-induced extinction and address the planet’s biggest environmental challenges. Dehgan holds a PhD and master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings. He was chosen as an “Icon of Science” by Seed magazine in 2005, received the World Technology Award for Policy in 2011, and has been recognized through multiple awards from the US Departments of State and Defense, and USAID. In 2013, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected Dehgan as one of its 40@40 fellows out of 2,600 AAAS Science Policy Fellows as an individual who has shown “exemplary dedication to applying science to serve society, was a creative, innovative, and collaborative problem solver in addressing global challenges, and was an uncommon ambassador for the role of science and technology.” He is the author of The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation (PublicAffairs, 2019).

This event is supported by the U-M Museum of Natural History and is part of the University of Michigan’s Earth Day at 50 celebration. Learn more: