We are deeply saddened to learn that Bob Scholes has died. Bob was one of a kind, generous as a friend, a great mentor to many scientists and a pioneering leader in climate and biodiversity science. He was as comfortable walking past a pride of lions as he was giving a keynote presentation to thousands – although we are sure he preferred the former. Bob was a key founder of GEO BON, and its first chair. His charisma and scientific excellence combined to energize our community and initiate a global network dedicated to transforming how we monitor Earth’s biodiversity and use that knowledge to improve outcomes for all. His commitment to conservation was obvious – while many would have happily rested on their previous achievements, Bob never slowed down, contributing new ideas, making powerful connections, and pushing the conservation science community forward. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
GEO BON remembers Bob Scholes, one of its key founders and its first Chair