Anthony D. Barnosky is Executive Director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Professor  of Biology at Stanford University and Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Author of numerous scientific publications, op eds, blog posts, and books, he has spent three decades conducting research related to past planetary changes, and what they mean for forecasting the changes to come on Planet Earth in the next few decades.  He has worked in South America, India, China, Africa, Europe, and  the western USA in a quest to learn how past species reacted to major environmental changes and what that tells us about the changes to come in our future. His popular books—Dodging Extinction (UC Press, 2014) and Tipping Point for Planet Earth (coauthored with Elizabeth Hadly, Thomas Dunne / St. Martin’s Press, April 2016)—  examine the state of the planet today and how we can guide it toward a future we want, rather than one that inadvertently happens to us. Follow on Twitter @tonybarnosky.

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  • B.A. Colorado College (1974), Geology
  • M.Sc. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983), University of Washington, Geological Sciences 

Professional Positions

  • Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University (2018-Present)
  • Executive Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University (2016-Present)
  • Professor (Emeritus) at Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (2016-Present)
  • Professor at Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (1990-2016; began as Associate Professor)
  • Curator at Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley (1990-2016; began as Associate Curator)
  • Research Paleontologist at Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley (1990-2016)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (2007-2008) 
  • Director of MSU Mountain Research Center, Professor of Earth Sciences, Professor of Biology, at Montana State University (1994 - 1998)
  • Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Services, UC Berkeley (1993-94)
  • Assistant then Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (1984-1990 )
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor at Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences at University of Pittsburgh (1987-1990)
  • Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geology, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) (1983-84)


  • Cox Visiting Professor, Stanford University School of Earth Sciences (2012-2013)
  • Fellow, California Academy of Sciences (1992-Present)
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship (2007)
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor's 'Everyday Hero” Citation for contribution to undergraduate education (2005-2006)
  • “Protector of Yellowstone National Park" Award for accomplishments in promoting and conducting quality scientific investigations to benefit the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (1998)
  • Numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, and National Geographic Society.

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