Stan Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and former Chair of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program in the UW’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. For 32 years Temple occupied the faculty position once held by Aldo Leopold, and while in that position he received every University of Wisconsin teaching award for which he was eligible. Since his retirement from academia in 2007 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He and his 75 graduate students have worked on conservation problems in 21 different countries, and have helped save some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species.
Recently, Temple has been ask to share his conservation perspective on de-extinction, the concept of bringing extinct species back to life using modern genomic technologies and techniques. He shared some of his thoughts in this spring 2013 TEDxDeExtinction talk.