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Photo, left to right: Mary C. Boyce, Ruth DeFries, Jennifer Crewe, Adam D. Reich.

Congratulations to E3B Professor Ruth DeFries on winning the Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award!!⁣

Columbia University Press, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that What Would Nature Do? A Guide for Our Uncertain Times by Ruth DeFries is the winner of the eighth annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award.

Ruth DeFries is a Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School; University Professor; and Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.

The Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award is given to the Columbia University faculty member whose book published by the Press in the two years prior brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press for its outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse. The winner is selected by the Distinguished Book Award jury, which is composed of current members of the Press’s Faculty Publication Committee.

In presenting the award, Professor Adam Reich, chair of the Distinguished Book Award jury and chair of the Press’s Faculty Publication Committee, commented, “DeFries weaves together a highly readable book that approaches our contemporary complex, and potentially failing, society with a spirit of curiosity and pragmatism. Rather than using natural sciences to tell us why our social world can’t be changed, she uses the natural world as a source of inspiration for how we might get out of the various muddles we’ve gotten ourselves into.”

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