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The Pioneers of Amazon Research: A Conversation with Dr. John Hemming

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The Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center is pleased to invite you to a conversation with renowned British explorer, author, and entrepreneur Dr. John Hemming on “Naturalists in Paradise: Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon”, his latest book on the great pioneers of Amazon research. The volume details the harrowing journeys in the wilderness of South America’s rain forest of nineteenth century British explorers Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates and Richard Spruce. Their discoveries heralded a new age of scientific research in the planet’s largest tropical rainforest, whose very existence was then not well known to the outside world. The publication of Naturalists in Paradise is particularly relevant to today’s debate about the imperative of preserving the region’s rich biodiversity and its vital role as Earth’s climate stabilizer. Dr. Hemming will be introduced by Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, an American biologist and a member of the Brazil Institute Advisory Board whose studies of the Amazon, started fifty years ago, contributed to the development of the concept of biodiversity.   

The conversation will be part of the ongoing Managing Our Planet series which is developed jointly by the George Mason University, the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and the Environmental Change and Security Program. The series, now in its fourth year, is premised on the fact that humanity’s impacts are planetary in scale and require planetary scale solutions. 


  • Dr. John Hemming

    Explorer, author, Chairman, Hemming Group Ltd.
  • Thomas Lovejoy

    Board Member
    Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; Professor, George Mason University; Brazil Institute and ECSP Advisory Board Member
  • Paulo Sotero

    Director, Brazil Institute