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Video Captures Gail Hearn's Legacy

September 25, 2014


Gail Hearn, PhD

Gail Hearn, PhD

This summer, renowned Drexel conservationist Gail W. Hearn, PhD, retired from her roles as director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) and professor of biology at Drexel University. Hearn built a distinguished career in conservation, education and research, focusing her efforts over the last 20 years on protecting the rich biodiversity of Bioko Island off the coast of Africa.

Since founding the BBPP in 1998, Hearn and her students and colleagues have grown the organization into a unique research and education partnership between Drexel and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). Countless undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and research scientists have had the opportunity to teach and investigate alongside UNGE students and faculty in Bioko. Their ongoing research programs have significantly impacted the community and wildlife of the island, creating employment and training opportunities for the local people and demonstrating the value of Bioko's diverse ecosystem through hands-on conservation activities.

Supporters of Hearn, including Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, gathered on September 19, 2014 to honor Hearn's many years of dedication and service. The following video was created to commemorate her significant impact on Bioko and the field of biodiversity conservation.

To learn more or to support the BBPP and Gail Hearn's legacy, please visit the BBPP website.

Video filmed, edited and narrated by Justin Jay.
Additional Footage from Days End Production and Tania Escobar Orihuela.
Music by Incompetech and