Stephen Mufutau Awoyemi – National Geographic Society Newsroom
Stephen Mufutau Awoyemi
Stephen Mufutau Awoyemi is Founding Chair of the Religion and Conservation Research Collaborative (RCRC) of the Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group (RCBWG), Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). The RCRC is a committee of the RCBWG tasked with the goal of investigating, through empirical research, the role of religion in the quest for environmental conservation globally and translating results into policy action. The RCRC also proactively identifies societal problems as pertains to conservation that need policy action and through scientific research findings informs decision making and social change within the purview of religion and conservation. A Tropical Biology Association Alumnus and Earthwatch Fellow, Stephen has served as volunteer for the SCB for a decade, collaboratively leading the crafting of several policy statements on behalf of the society with recent statements in the field of religion and conservation (SCB Position on the Religious Practice of Releasing Captive Wildlife for Merit and SCB Position on the use of Ivory for Religious Objects). In 2007, he co-founded the RCBWG of the SCB along with Tom Baugh (then founding President) and others. He published an editorial in Conservation Biology in 2008 titled ‘The Role of Religion in the HIV/AIDS Intervention in Africa: A Possible Model for Conservation Biology’ and was lead author of a book chapter [Global Efforts to Bridge Religion and Conservation: Are they Really Working?] in Topics in Conservation Biology edited by Tony Povilitis and published by InTech in 2012.