Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum

Every year, the Department of Biology and Environmental Science hosts the Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum. This program is supported by an endowment established by the late Julia Baldwin Waxter ’49 and her husband, Bill. In addition to presenting a public lecture, each forum speaker interacts with environmental science students through class visits, a dinner and informal conversations.


Year Speaker Field Press
2016 Joan Maloof Scientist/writer: Old-growth forest conservation
2015 Burt English Agricultural economics: Biofuels
2014 Josh Fox Filmmaker: “Gasland”
2013 Barbara Kingsolver Writer: “Flight Behavior”
2012 Brian Donahue Historian: Environmental history (forests, agriculture, New England)
2010 Amanda Griscom Little Journalist
2009 Scott Russell Sanders Writer: Fiction and non fiction, including “A Conservationist Manifesto”
2008 William Schlesinger Scientist: Biogeochemist, dean of Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
2007 Michael Pollan Writer: “Omnivore’s Dilemma”
2006 W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr. Government: Virginia’s secretary of natural resources from 2002-2005
2005 Mark Hertsgaard Journalist: “Earth Odyssey”
2004 E. O. Wilson Scientist: Biodiversity loss
2003 Severn Cullis-Suzuki Young activist: Intergenerational justice
2002 Michael Mann and Pat Michaels Scientists: Climate change debate
2001 Julia Butterfly Hill Young activist: Saving California’s redwoods
2000 David Orvos Scientist: Ecotoxicology
1999 Adam Werbach Young activist: Young president of the Sierra Club