Tara Waters Lumpkin, PhD, Founder, Voices for Biodiversity
Tara is president of the non-profit Perception International. She founded Perception International's nonprofit project Voices for Biodiversity to explore, with the help of others, how human beings can shift their perceptions so as to learn to co-exist with other species and nature. In addition, she is an environmental and medical anthropologist who has worked as an international development consultant for UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development, and a variety of nongovernmental organizations. Prior to international aid work, she was an environmental journalist and professor of writing and media, and has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as having won more than half a dozen writing prizes, fellowships, and grants. At this time, she also is writing an eco-memoir.