The Future of Nature

W. John Kress speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival (11:22)

Dr. W. John Kress is Interim Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian and a distinguished scientist and curator with the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History. He was formerly Director of the Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet at the Smithsonian. He received his education at Harvard University (B. A., 1975) and Duke University (Ph. D., 1981) where he studied tropical biology, ethnobotany, evolution, pollination ecology, and plant systematics. Among his over 150 scientific and popular papers are his books Plant Conservation – A Natural History Approach (with Gary Krupnick), The Weeping Goldsmith, The Ornaments of Life - Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics (with Theodore H. Fleming), and DNA Barcodes Methods and Protocols (with David Erickson). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been an Adjunct Professor of Biology at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Yunnan.