Biology, Stanford University

Banner image of Great Basin from EH field work in 2011
  • Elizabeth A. Hadly - Biographical Sketch
  • Courses


Department of Biology, 371 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5020; ph: 650-725-2655; email: hadly@stanford.edu; http://www.stanford.edu/group/hadlylab/index.html; Twitter: @Lizhadly

Professional Preparation

1995 Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
1990 M.S. Quaternary Science, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
1981 B.A. Anthropology, Cum Laude, University of Colorado, Boulder 


2016- Faculty Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Reserve, Stanford University
2015- Senior Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Yeung Bass Fellow in Undergraduate Education
2013-2016 Senior Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
2012- Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology
Research Associate, Denver Museum of Natural History
2011- Leopold Environmental Leader
2010- Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford, CA
& Professor, by courtesy, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
2005-2009 Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University, CA
& Associate Professor, by courtesy, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences
2005- Research Associate, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
1998-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA
1995-1998 Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biology, Montana State University, Bozeman
1997-1998 Research Associate, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Bozeman 
1989-1994 Paleoecologist, National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Ten Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Goldberg A, Mychajliw AM, Hadly EA. 2016. Post-invasion demography of prehistoric humans in South America. Nature doi:10.1038/nature17176
  2. Barnosky AD, Lindsey EL, Villaviciencio NA, Bostelmann E, Hadly EA, Wanket J, Marshall CR. 2015. Variable impact of late-Quaternary megafaunal extinction in causing ecological state shifts in North and South America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 856-861
  3. Mendenhall CD, Karp DS, Meyer CF, Hadly EA, Daily GG. 2014. Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscapes. Nature 509: 213-217.
  4. Mychajliw AM, Kemp ME, Truebe ST, Hadly EA. 2015. A geographic approach to teaching and communicating global change in California. STEM and GIS in Higher Education In press
  5. Barnosky AD, Brown JH, Daily GC, Dirzo R, Ehrlich AH, Ehrlich PR, Eronen JT, Fortelius M, Hadly EA, Leopold EB, Mooney HA, Myers JP, Naylor RL, Palumbi S, Stenseth NC, Wake MH. 2014. Introducing the Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century: Information for Policy Makers. Anthropocene Review doi: 10.1177/2053019613516290
  6. Bay RA, Ramakrishnan U, Hadly EA. 2013. A call for tiger management using "reserves" of genetic diversity. J Heredity doi: 10.1093/jhered/est086.
  7. Kemp ME, Hadly EA. 2016. Rocking Earth's biodiversity cradle: challenges, advances, and prospects for conservation paleontology in the tropics Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology DOI:10.1080/02724634.2016.1179640
  8. Blois JL, McGuire JL, Hadly EA. 2010. Small mammal diversity loss in response to late-Pleistocene climatic change. Nature doi:10.1038/nature09077.
  9. Pinsky ML, Newsome SD, Dickerson BR, Fang Y, Van Tuinen M, Kennett DJ, Ream RR, Hadly EA. 2010. Dispersal provided resilience to range collapse in a marine mammal: insights from the past to inform conservation biology. Molecular Ecology 19(12): 2418-2429.
  10. McMenamin SK, Hadly EA, Wright CK. 2008. Climatic change and wetland desiccation cause amphibian decline in Yellowstone National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 16988–16993.

Selected Synergistic Activities

2013 Leopold Leadership Advisory Committee 
STEM Panelist for Women in Science, Stanford
Liaison between Scientific Consensus Authors & California Governor's Office
Active Science and Policy Tweeter: @LizHadly
National Parks Conservation Association Advisory Council 
Member-At-Large, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2012 Women's Faculty Voice and Leadership Program
Leopold Leadership Advisory Committee
National Parks Conservation Association Advisory Council
Member-At-Large, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow
Publication Podcast Extinctions in Near Time: Biodiversity Loss Since the Pleistocene
The Kristine Bonnevie Lecture on Evolutionary Biology, Oslo, Norway
‘First Friday’ Lecturer, Los Angeles Natural History Museum
2010 Pritzer Lecturer, California Academy of Sciences
Field course and exhibit development with artist Gail Wight: Along the Track of the Yellowstone Hotspot: Fusion of Science and Art
2009 Taught short course: Impact of climate change on species, populations and communities: The genetics and ecology of environmental change. Uppsala University, Sweden, 10/26/09-10/30/09
2008 Guest speaker, International Professional Women’s Association, Santiago, Chile
Invited Speaker, Society for Vertebrate Paleontology Climate Forum and Press Conference, Cleveland Ohio
2002-2007 Organized Palo Verde Elementary School Science Fair, Palo Alto: 300 students/year
1998-2007 Guest lectures in Elementary and Junior High School science classes; lab tours 

Advising Activities

Postdoctoral Scholars Chris J. Conroy (1999-2001); Ripan Mahli (2001); Marcel van Tuinen (2001-2006); Uma Ramakrishnan (2003-2006); Robert J. Feranec (2004-2006), Seth Newsome (2006); Rebecca Terry (2008-2010); Melinda Owens (2013-2015); Andrew Dosmann (2014-2015); Rob Furrow (2015-2016); Jasmine Crumsey (2016-present); Amruta Varudkar (2016-2017); Kevin Leempoel (2017-present); Katie Solari (2017-present)
Graduate Students-Primary Advisor Kim O'Keefe (1999-2007); Danielle Ouimette (M. S. student, 2001-present; Co-advised with Adina Paytan, Geology); Paula Spaeth (2001-2007), Yvonne Chan (2002-2007), Judsen Bruzgul (2002-2007), Jessica Blois (2004-2009), Sarah McMenamin (2004-2009), Luke Frishkoff (2010-2015), Melissa Kemp (2010-2015), Jeremy Hsu (2011-2016), Hannah Frank (2011-2017), Katie Solari (2011-2017), Alexis Mychajliw (2012-2017), Sergio Redondo (2015-present), Dorothy Tovar (2015-present), Ellie Armstrong (2016-present), Maria Viteri (2017-present), Jordana Meyer (2017-present)
Graduate Students-Lab Rotations Kimberly Heiman (1999-2000); Anastasia Novakovic (2000-2001); Jeannie Stamberger (2001); Stephen Porder (2001-02); Teresa Steele (1999-2003; PhD student of Richard Klein, Anthropological Sciences); Liz Alter (2003-04, 2006-2007); Tom Oliver (2003-04), Tanya McKittrick (2004), Melissa Pespeni (2005-2006), Malin Pinsky (2006-2007), Kevin Miklaz (2006-2007), Carolyn Tepolt (2008-2009), Megan Jensen (2008-2009), Marina Ostler (2009-2010), Tom Hata (2009-2010), Lupita Ruiz-Jones (2010-2011), Rachael Bay (2010-2011), Judith Levine (2010-2011), Bryan Barney (2011-2012), Megan Morikawa (2011-2012), Isabel Jones (2015-2016), Elora Lopez (2015-2016), Shirel Kahane-Rapport (2016-2017), Will Gough (2017-present), Katrina Hounchell (2017-present), Nia Walker (2017-present)  
Undergraduate Honors Students-Primary Advisor Webb Long (2000-2002); Lisa Patel (1999-2001); Kaja Rebane (2000-2002); Maneesh Kumar (2003-2004), Matthew Percy (2006-2007), Andrew Rominger (2005-2010), Ariel Marcy (2008-present), Cara Brook (2008-2010), Allison Stegner (2009-2010), Clare Sherman (2010-2011), Daniel Perret (2010-2013), Maesen Churchill (2011-present), ZiXiang Zhang (2011-2014), Seth Judson (2012-2014), Laura Cussen (2012-2015), Analisa Shields-Estrada (2013-2015), Mindy Perkins (2013-2015), Lauren Gibson (2013-present), Nick Bayley (2014-2016)

Academic Advisors

J.I. Mead (M.S.), Northern Arizona University; J.L. Patton (Ph.D.) Univ. of California, Berkeley

Biology 5N - Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?
This course explores why the earth is headed toward a tipping point: a change that is so rapid, so extreme, and so unexpected that humanity may not be able to recover. The course covers synergies between people, stuff, storms, hunger, thirst, toxins, disease and war. Students will read chapters from the instructor’s book, Tipping Point for Planet Earth, and will participate in class discussions. Each student will produce their own projects based on one of the course themes.
Biology 30N - Extinctions in Near Time
Sample podcast website (Fall 2010)
Biology 25N - Biogeography of Disease
Observers of human health have known for almost two millennia that certain diseases occur at different places at different times. This seminar will target the patterns of disease distribution and the evolutionary and ecological processes that result in such patterns. We will explore how environmental factors, biotic vectors and diffusion explain the distribution of disease. We will investigate both human and non-human diseases. A primary goal will be to explore how environmental changes such as global warming and habitat destruction will alter the future course of disease. Sample syllabus (Fall 2008)
Biology 121 - Biogeography
Biogeography is an upper division/graduate course taught in alternate years. The course emphasizes global distributions of organisms through the Phanerozoic, with emphasis on historical causes. We cover topics such as plate tectonics, island biogeography, climatic change, dispersal, vicariance, ecology of invasions, extinction, gradients, and diversity. 3 units, Spring 2004.
Sample syllabus (Spring 2006)
Biology 122 - On the Track of the Yellowstone Hotspot: Fusion of Art and Science (with Gail Wight and Robyn Dunbar)
The 20-million-year-old track of the Yellowstone hotspot through western North America, using the field setting to investigate ecology, evolution, and geology through an aesthetic and documentary media lens. Students create: experiential ways to learn about the natural world; a scientific yet personal intimacy about how ecosystems work and how they change; and ways to convey their observations to the public. Required trip to Yellowstone National Park. Spring 2010.
Biology 128 - Story Mapping Climate Change
Forces of global change (eg., climate disruption, biodiversity loss, disease) impart wide-ranging political, socioeconomic, and ecological impacts, creating an urgent need for science communication. Students will collect data for a region of the US using sources ranging from academic journals to popular media and create an interactive Story Map that merges the scientific and human dimensions of global change. Students will interview stakeholders as part of a community-engaged learning experience and present the Map to national policy-makers. Our 2014 Map is being used by the CA Office of Planning & Research.
Biology 136 - Evolutionary Paleobiology
Evolutionary Paleobiology presents a paleontological approach to evolutionary theory. Macroevolution, speciation, heterochrony, evolutionary constraint, coevolution, the Cambrian Explosion, and mass extinctions are amongst the topics that are covered. The course format is lecture with a weekly discussion section focused on assigned primary literature. This course is intended for upper division and graduate students. This class meets for lecture twice a week, with an additional one-hour discussion per week. 4 units, Winter 2004.
Sample syllabus (Winter 2005-2006)
Biology 186 / Biology 286 - Natural History of the Vertebrates (with Rebecca Terry)
Broad survey of the diversity of vertebrate life. Discussion of the major branches of the vertebrate evolutionary tree, with emphasis on evolutionary relationships and key adaptations as revealed by the fossil record and modern phylogenetics. Modern orders introduced through an emphasis on natural history, physiology, behavioral ecology, community ecology, and conservation. Lab sessions focused on comparative skeletal morphology through hands-on work with skeletal specimens. Discussion of field methods and experience with our local vertebrate communities through field trips to several of California's distinct biomes. Prerequisite: Biology core. Spring 2010.
Biology 326 - Foundations of Biogeography (with Tad Fukami)
Seminar. Focus on classic papers covering the global distribution and abundance of organisms through time. Topics include: phylogenetics, phylogeography, plate tectonics, island biogeography, climatic change, dispersal, vicariance, ecology of invasions, extinction, gradients, diversity, conservation and a history of the field. Winter 2010.
BioSci 325/GES 325 - Evolution of Body Size (co-taught with J. Payne, GES)
We investigate of the influence of organism size on evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes, using the primary literature. This course integrates theoretical principles, observations of living organisms, and data from the fossil record. Questions addressed include: What are the physiological and ecological correlates of body size? Is there an optimum size? Do organisms tend to evolve to larger size? Does size affect the likelihood of extinction or speciation? How does size scale from the genome to the phenotype? How is metabolic rate involved in evolution of body size? This course is intended as a discussion seminar for upper division undergraduates and graduate students. Priority is given to graduate students. Taught Spring 2007.
OSPSANTG 25 - Evolution and Ecology of the South American Biota
Students weave together ecology, evolution, paleontology, geology, geography, and philosophy of science to appreciate evolution of the South American biota. Course is built around primary literature that exposes students to the spectacular landscapes and unique biota of South America. We investigate topics such as plate tectonics, mountain uplift and ocean circulation and how those physical events influence macroevolution, speciation, coevolution, migration events, and mass extinctions. The course will conclude with special challenges facing global conservation efforts on this spectacular continent. Taught Fall 2007-2008 in Santiago, Chile.
Sample syllabus (Fall 2007)

Dr. Hadly has also rotated in the Bio core, in Bio 301, 302, 303, and in Ethics (required for graduate students).

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