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Elizabeth Hadly

Elizabeth Hadly is the faculty director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and a professor of biology and of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford University. She first became interested in ecology, evolution and environmental change after exploring the Smithsonian Institution and wild lands in the American West as a child. Liz and her students have conducted research throughout the Americas, India, Nepal and Africa investigating how human-caused disturbance impacts biodiversity. Her work has stimulated her present focus on science communication and outreach.  

"Liz was a huge asset to this trip! On top of being such an open, compassionate, warm and welcoming person, she is a superb lecturer. "

Barb Demere, '81, MA '82, Southern Africa aboard Rovos, 2017

  • Faculty Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University 
  • Professor, biology and, by courtesy, geological and environmental sciences, Stanford University
  • Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Yeung University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment 
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford School of Medicine 
  • Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Geographic Approach to Teaching and Communicating Global Change in California
  • Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscapes
  • A call for tiger management using "reserves" of genetic diversity
  • Genetic diversity within vertebrate species is greater at lower latitudes
Academic History:
  • BA, anthropology, University of Colorado, 1981
  • MS, quaternary science, Northern Arizona University, 1990
  • PhD, integrative biology, UC-Berkeley, 1995

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