An Evening with Jane Goodall at FIU

FIU welcomed acclaimed conservationist and global icon Dr. Jane Goodall for an evening lecture and Q&A session at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus, March 31, 2023.

About the Speaker

Jane Goodall Portrait by Vincent Calmel
Dr. Jane Goodall (©Vincent Calmel)

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world.

Dr. Goodall is known for her groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, which forever changed our understanding of our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. This transformative research continues today as the longest running wild chimpanzee study in the world. Jane’s work builds on scientific innovations, growing a lifetime of advocacy including trailblazing efforts through her international organization the Jane Goodall Institute which advances community-led conservation, animal welfare, science, and youth empowerment through JGI’s Roots & Shoots program.

Dr. Jane Goodall with alpha male Figan at Gombe National Park in Tanzania
Dr. Jane Goodall with alpha male Figan at Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Photo by Derek Bryceson courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Today, Jane continues to connect with worldwide audiences, despite the challenges of the pandemic, through ‘Virtual Jane’ including remote lectures, recordings, and her podcast, the “Jane Goodall Hopecast.” In 2021, Jane was the recipient of the Templeton Prize, and her newest book, “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times,” was published.

Jane is a global icon spreading hope and turning it into meaningful positive impact to create a better world for people, other animals, and the planet we share.


FIU's Mike Heithaus

Dr. Mike Heithaus

Dr. Heithaus is executive dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. A marine ecologist specializing in predator-prey interactions and the ecological importance of sharks and other large marine species, Heithaus is the principal investigator and co-principal investigator on grants totaling $28 million. His research leverages a number of cutting-edge technologies, including drones and animal-borne cameras, to unravel the mysterious lives of hard-to-study marine creatures.

FIU's Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mayor is an anthropologist, author, National Geographic Explorer, National Science Foundation Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar who has spent most of her career reporting on wildlife and habitat loss while advocating for solutions to the alarming trends. She is also a twice-Emmy-nominated wildlife correspondent, and the author of Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, which chronicles her unconventional career path.

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Additional Attribution

Banner photo: Dr. Jane Goodall with alpha male Figan at Gombe National Park in Tanzania by Derek Bryceson, courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute.