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UM News
May 14, 2012


M. Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a faculty affiliate in The University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program, has been named science and environmental contributor to CBS News.

In this new role, Sanjayan will provide insight into a broad range of scientific and environmental topics across multiple platforms and contribute to CBS News broadcasts, including “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

While his focus at the University is primarily research, Sanjayan also has taught international conservation within UM’s Wildlife Biology Program.

“He is one of the most articulate people I know,” said Daniel Pletscher, UM Wildlife Biology Program director. “He has the outstanding ability of explaining difficult scientific issues to the average layperson and scholar alike.”

As lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Sanjayan specializes in human well-being and conservation, wildlife ecology and environmental education. He travels extensively to assess conservation efforts and wildlife protection needs across the globe. He has published his scientific work in several journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology, and also has received widespread print media coverage, including in Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and The New York Times.

Sanjayan’s television experience includes co-hosting documentaries for BBC, the Discovery Channel, PBS and Natural Geographic TV, including his critically acclaimed 2010 four-part series, “Powering the Future,” on the Discovery Channel. Filming on his new series for PBS and National Geographic TV begins this year.

Sanjayan is a sought-after speaker, with recent appearances at TED Global, International Women’s Forum, Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative and the Summit Series. He also is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative. 

Sanjayan holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Missoula and is an avid fly-fisherman.





Contact: Scott Mills, professor, UM Wildlife Biology Program, 406-243-5552,