Dr. Daniel B. Botkin UC Santa Barbara, USA

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Daniel Botkin was awarded his PhD in 1968 in Biology (ecology) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. He is well-known for his scientific contributions in ecology and environment, he has also worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature. His research interests address the... read moreroles of scientists, businessmen, stakeholders, and government agencies in new approaches to environmental issues. His ecological research has included work on elephants, whales, moose, and salmon, and forests in many parts of the world. He has helped solve environmental problems at Mono Lake, California, the states of Washington and Oregon regarding salmon, and many other places. His research has included major projects in wilderness areas, including legally designated ones. He has been an advisor about environmental issues to a number of nations in addition to his own, the USA.

He developed the first successful computer ecological model, a software program called JABOWA, working with two scientists, James Wallis and James Janak, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. This software has been accurately validated, has been used in various formats by many scientists around the world. U.S. federal agencies had him use this software as one of the first methods to test the possible effects, forecast by global climate models, of climate change on ecosystems.