Pioneering Women of Science
Jane Goodall, Primatologist and Conservationist
No series on women in science would be complete without the inclusion of Jane Goodall. Born on April 3, 1934, in London, England, she developed a passion for animals and nature from an early age.
Jane’s groundbreaking research on chimpanzees began in 1960 when she ventured to Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Her unique approach to studying these creatures, giving them names instead of numbers, allowed her to gain their trust and observe never-before-documented behaviors. Her discoveries, such as chimpanzees’ use of tools, challenged scientific beliefs and reshaped our understanding of the animal kingdom.
Beyond scientific achievements, Jane recognized the importance of community involvement in wildlife conservation. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which initiated community-based programs to protect habitats, promote sustainable livelihoods, and educate people about nature’s significance.
Throughout her life, Jane has been a tireless advocate for environmental protection and animal welfare, inspiring countless individuals worldwide. Her influence extends beyond scientists to activists, educators, and conservationists.
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Jane Goodall’s legacy drives us to seek innovative solutions, safeguarding our planet’s biodiversity for generations to come. Whether looking to remediate or identify the source of an existing problem or ensure the overall health of a system from the level of the organism to the full scope of the ecosystem, MI has a broad range of tools to get the job done. MI’s CENSUS line produces targeted quantification of specific organisms, PLFA provides broad guideposts for soil health and nutrient usage and NGS allows a broad-spectrum view of the entire system.