Christopher P. Dunn, Ph.D.

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Christopher P. Dunn, Ph.D. (Secretary-Treasurer 2015-2017) is a botanist and conservation ecologist who has considerable research experience studying the relationships between people and place and human impacts on the landscape. As director of an arboretum in Hawai‘i, he has developed a keen interest in the intersection of biological and cultural conservation. He serves on the Executive Council of Ka Mauli Hou, a multi-institutional statewide effort to restore native Hawaiian biota and to reconnect native Hawaiian culture to the land. In addition, he is spearheading the development of a transdisciplinary Center for Biocultural Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa that will have broad Pacific reach and impact. Christopher also serves on the Board of the American Public Gardens Association and is active in other botanic garden conservation organizations, including Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He has contributed to IUCN’s strategic vision with a view to greater emphasis on cultural conservation within the conventional conservation community.

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