Paul R. Ehrlich received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Co-founder with Peter H. Raven of the field of coevolution, he has pursued long-term studies of the structure, dynamics, and genetics of natural butterfly populations. He has also been a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, and in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy. Professor Ehrlich is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), in 1993 the Volvo Environmental Prize, in 1994 the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, in 1995 the Heinz Award for the Environment, in 1998 the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, in 1999 the Blue Planet Prize, in 2001 the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Some of his books include: 2004. One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future, by Anne H. Ehrlich and Paul Ehrlich; 2001. Wild Solutions: How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank. Yale University Press, New Haven. (with A. J. Beattie); 1997. A World of Wounds: Ecologists and the Human Dilemma. Ecology Institute, Oldendorf/Luhe; 1990. The Population Explosion. Simon and Schuster, New York. (with Anne H. Ehrlich); and many others.
This Spring, look for his new course for undergraduates BIOSCI 1: Human Evolution and the Environment.