Buglife President & Vice Presidents
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President - Germaine Greer
Professor Greer is an academic and writer well known for her social commentary. Germaine is very involved with conserving wildlife and manages an area of rainforest in Australia. She is also active in promoting the need to protect bugs living on brownfield sites, warning decision makers of the potential damage to biodiversity that would result if key sites were tidied up or developed.
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Vice-President - Steve Backshall
Steve is a naturalist, writer and television presenter. He is well known from the BBC’s Really Wild Show, The One Show, Britain’s Lost World Lost Land of the Jaguar and Deadly 60 aired on BBC television. Steve is also an avid climber and a true wildlife adventurer. Steve is keen to encourage people to think more positively about invertebrates. He explains that 'Bugs, or invertebrates, are incredible creatures, not only are they vitally important to a healthy planet, but they are amazingly varied, beautifully adapted and live fascinating lives.'
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Vice-President - Edward O Wilson
Professor Wilson is the pre-eminent global authority on biodiversity conservation. Specialising in ants and their ecology enabled Edward O Wilson to develop new concepts in ecosystem ecology. As advisor to many conservation organisations and state and federal governments Edward helped to ensure that biodiversity was an important political consideration. As well as 26 Doctorates, he has been awarded numerous awards for his conservation work. Passionate about bugs, Edward once said that “If human beings were not so impressed by size alone, they would consider an ant more wonderful than a rhinoceros”
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Vice-President - Nick Baker
Wildlife TV presenter of, among other programmes, the Really Wild show. Nick has a passion for bugs and was instrumental in setting up the AES Bug Club. He also produced the very successful ‘Nick Baker’s Bug Book’ that has encouraged a new generation of children to explore and understand invertebrates.
Photo credits: Germaine Greer © Mark Kehoe, Steve Backshall © BBC, Edward O Wilson © Jim Harrison, Nick Baker © BBC.