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Mary Corliss Pearl, American Wildlife conservationist. Recipient David Lapham award, Yale University, 1971; American Association of University Women fellow, 1980.


Pearl, Mary Corliss was born on July 5, 1950 in New York City. Daughter of George Carleton and Margaret Lyon (Scheuer) Pearl.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1972. Master of Philosophy, Yale University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1982.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Marist College, 2006.


Director corporation development World Wildlife Fund, New York City, 1983-1985, head New York office, 1984-1985. Administrator conservation programs Wildlife Conservation Society, New York City, 1985-1987, assistant director, since 1988. Executive director, president Wildlife Trust (formerly Wildlife Preservation Trust International).

Visiting scholar department biological science Stanford University, 1987-1988. Associate director Center Environmental Research and Conservation Columbia University. Administrative Vpand dean State University of New York, 2009—2010.

Chief Executive Officer Garrison Institute, since 2010. Co-founder Consortium for Conservation Medicine, 1997. Adjunct researcher Columbia University, New York City.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial advisory Wildlife Conservation magazine, 1988. Editor: Conservation for the 21st Century, 1989, Conservation Medicine: Ecosystem Health in Practice, 2002. Co-editor: Conservation for the 21st Century.

      Columnist Discover Magazine, since 2006. Contributor articles to professional journal.


Founding member Cons. in Higher Education Group of the Rainforest Alliance, New York City, since 1988. Founder Calvin Hill Daycare Center, New Haven, 1970. Trustee Gomez Foundation, New York City, since 1985.

Board of Governors Society for Conservation Biology, since 1991. Fellow Explorers Club. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Primatologists, International Primatology Society, International Union for Conservation of Nature (primatespecialist group species survival commission), Society for Conservation Biology (Board of Governors).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: squash, birding, reading, history.


Married Charles Alfred Pillsbury, October 21, 1972 (divorced 1979). Married Don Jay Melnick, October 3, 1981. Children: Meredith, Seth.

George Carleton Pearl

Margaret Lyon (Scheuer) Pearl

Charles Alfred Pillsbury

Don Jay Melnick

Meredith Pearl

Seth Pearl