Dr. Christopher Dunn is the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Executive Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens. He holds adjunct faculty status in the Horticulture Section in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is a faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
Dr. Dunn is a botanist and conservation ecologist who has considerable experience studying the relationships between peoples and place, and human impacts on the landscape. Recently, he has focused his attention on the intersection of biological and cultural and language diversity and how they are impacted by climate change.
He serves on the boards of several organizations that are working to preserve the world’s biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature–U.S., the Center for Plant Conservation, and Terralingua. He serves as Chair of the IUCN National Committee for the US and is North American Councillor for the International Association of Botanic Gardens.