Keynote Speakers

ICOET was honored to welcome these outstanding keynote speakers to our 2013 conference.

Monday, June 24

Michael SouleMichael E. Soulé, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Michael Soulé is best known for his pioneering work in conservation biology. Earning his PhD in Population Biology at Stanford University under Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, Michael was a founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Wildlands Network, and is currently its vice president for science. He has written and edited nine books on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation and has published over 175 articles on population and evolutionary biology, fluctuating asymmetry, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics. Michael continues to do research on ecosystem regulation by strongly interactive (keystone) species, speaks and writes on ethics and conservation, serves on the boards of several conservation organizations, and consults internationally on nature protection. He describes himself as a "possibilist" about the future of biodiversity.

Tuesday, June 25

John GrahamJohn W. Graham
President and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings, Scottsdale, Arizona
Board of Directors, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona

John Graham joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982 and became its president in 1990. Sunbelt is involved in a wide variety of real estate activities in the southwestern United States including development of land, commercial properties, and award-winning master planned communities. John’s background is in asset management, development and real estate investment, with an economics degree from Stanford University. Under his direction, Sunbelt has become a dominant force in both community affairs and real estate activities. John’s commitment to conservation efforts is demonstrated through active affiliations with many community and national groups including The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Johin is former chair of the ULI Arizona District Council, and past chair of the TNC Arizona Board of Directors. In 2009, he received TNC Arizona’s Oakleaf Award for Support of Conservation.