2012 SVP Election Slate

Elizabeth A. Hadly

Current position: Professor, Department of Biology and, by courtesy, Department Geological & Environmental Sciences (1998-present); Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment (2010-present); Leopold Fellow (2011-present); Research Associate, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley (2005-present)

Previous positions: Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biology, Montana State University (1995-1998); Research Associate, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana (1997-1998); NPS Paleoecologist, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (1989-1994)

Education: Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley (1995); M.S. Quaternary Science, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (1990); B.A. Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder (1981)

Professional service: Steering Committee, Integrative Climate Change Biology Program (2009-present); American Quaternary Association Meeting Committee 2010-present);  Advisory Council, Center for State of the Parks, National Parks Conservation Association (2011-present); US National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), National Academies (2005-present); National Academy of Sciences Sackler Symposium Organizing Committee (2009); Associate Editor, Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment (2005-2009); Faculty of 1000  (2008-2009); National (Evolutionary Synthesis Center Science Advisory Board (2005-2009); Editorial Advisory Board, Global Ecology and Biogeography (2005-2006); Editorial Advisory Board, Global Ecology and Biogeography (2005).

Research interests: I investigate the role that environmental change has had on the development and maintenance of biodiversity by assembling records of the past and present to help understand and predict the fate of diversity in the future.  As many paleontologists do, I use a combination of tools in my work, including morphometrics, community analyses, ancient and modern genetics, isotope geochemistry, and theoretical analysis.  Research in my lab spans fossil and modern projects about mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, in the American west, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, the Pacific coast, Patagonia, and India. 

Increasingly, I am engaging in a more public dialogue about what I know.  I seek to validate our scientific endeavors with the public, with policy-makers, and with the people in whose lands we conduct our fieldwork.  Shrinking habitats, increased human population growth, invasive species, and global warming all threaten native species around the world.  Continued reliance on primary data collection of global biodiversity is clearly of paramount importance in this new world.  However, translating this information to those outside the scientific community who make stewardship decisions is now critical.  Thus, I would welcome the opportunity to facilitate mentoring of the students and members of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in communicating the relevance of our science to local, regional, state and global decision-makers.