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Eric Lee-Mäder

July 6, 2017
BA ‘00, Japanese & speech communication
MAg ‘05, agriculture  
Port Townsend, WA

An internationally respected leader and practitioner in wildlife conservation, Eric Lee-Mäder codirects the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the world’s largest team of pollinator ecologists. Under his leadership, he and his colleagues have developed 400,000 acres of habitat for bees and butterflies as well as models for international initiatives. He has helped negotiate more than $10 million in investments from corporations and foundations to support pollinator conservation efforts, including a nine-year commitment from General Mills to restore wildflower-rich pollinator habitat across 300,000 acres of supplier farm lands, resulting in what will be the world’s largest supply chain-based pollinator conservation initiative ever launched by a private company.