About the Author

Dr. Jonathan Tucker worked as the FAS Biosecurity Education Project Manager between May-July 2011. Jonathan worked at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA for nearly 15 years, first as the founding director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program and then, in 2000, as a Senior Fellow in the CNS Washington office where he specialized in biological and chemical weapons issues.

Jonathan worked for the U.S. government as a AAAS Fellow at the United States Department of State, an arms control specialist and international-security analyst at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and a specialist in chemical and biological arms control at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). From 1993 to 1995, while at ACDA, Jonathan served on the U.S. delegation to the Preparatory Commission for the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague.

Jonathan attended Yale University and graduated with a BS in biology. Jonathan was an editor at High Technology and Scientific American where he covered military technologies, biotechnology, and biomedical research. He combined the highest standards of science with the best traditions of journalism.

After several years in science journalism and, seeking new challenges, Jonathan decided to go back to school for a Ph.D. in political science (with a concentration in defense and arms control studies) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the American Academy in Berlin, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

About the Project

These educational modules were researched and written by Dr. Jonathan Tucker, Biosecurity Education Manager at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), May-July 2011. Dr. Tucker passed away before he was able to complete the Agricultural Biosecurity and Agricultural Biotechnology: Safety, Security and Ethical Dimensions modules.

A group effort was mounted by the FAS biosecurity team, Akansha Bhargava, Kelsey Gregg, Dr. Sudha Siva, and Dr. Nishal Mohan (Project Director) after Dr. Tucker’s passing to ensure the actualization of his goals and to ensure that his last body of work is available to the community.

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