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National Board Taps Botanist

UCR Botanist Named to National Academies of Science Board

Arturo Gomez-Pompa Appointed Member of Agriculture & Natural Resources Board

(April 15, 2004)

Arturo Gomez-Pompa

Arturo Gomez-Pompa

RIVERSIDE, Calif.——Arturo Gomez-Pompa, a professor of botany at the University of California, Riverside, was recenlty appointed to membership of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources(BANR) of the National Academies of Science. The appointment is for three years.

The BANR addresses science and policy issues confronting agricultural, food, and environmental systems. The BANR, a program unit of the National Research Council, is responsible for providing expert advice on issues of food and fiber production, and related matters of natural resource development, including forestry, fisheries, wildlife, land and water use.

Gomez-Pompa serves as coordinator of development for Mexico’s Universidad Veracruzana, Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales (Center of Tropical Research, or CITRO), and is based at the Veracruz campus. He coordinates an ambitious academic exchange and research program between UC Riverside and the Universidad Veracruzana.

The appointment reinforces the recognition Gomez-Pompa has received for his work in ethnoecology and biodiversity conservation, as well as his management work in tropical Mexico.

“The National Research Council expressed interest in my knowledge of natural resource management in the tropics,” Gomez-Pompa said. “My research on tropical rain forest ecology and on domestication of tropical trees could be of importance to the work of the board. My involvement in several projects on biodiversity conservation in the tropics may have influenced their decision to invite me.”

Gomez-Pompa says he is looking forward to conferring with his new colleagues on the board. “My role will be to express my opinion and give my advice on those issues on which I have experience and knowledge,” he said.

Gomez-Pompa will also continue to develop the partnership between UCR and the Universidad Veracruzana. “The main objective of the agreement is to open an opportunity to develop collaborative programs of research and education in topics of importance to both universities,” he said.

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