Many of the best-known scientists in the field of conservation biology receive funding from the Sustainable Society program of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va. Such highly respected environmental researchers as Thomas Lovejoy, assistant secretary for external affairs at the Smithsonian Institution; Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University's biological sciences department; and Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, are among the philanthropy's grantees.

Over the years, more than 50 environmental scientists have been supported through the Sustainable Society program, and during 1991, roughly $7 million in grants for work in environmental protection will be awarded through this program. Yet funding scientific research is not one of the main objectives of the foundation.

"Frankly, my goal is not to further science per se, but to use science to help solve the problems we face currently,"...

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