Romulus Whitaker

2008 Associate Laureate, Environment
India, Born 1943

Project Goal

Establish a network of rainforest research stations across India

Location: India

"We are now faced with a water shortage that will dwarf any of the past problems faced by the people."

Over the course of his unconventional life — from being an American boy raised in India’s wild places to achieving scientific renown — Romulus Whitaker has gone from conserving reptiles to saving rainforests.

His planned network of research stations will build on the surprisingly limited knowledge of India’s rainforests and demonstrate the importance of their water supplies to hundreds of millions of people.

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