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Biographies for the #reachingoutsci series

The following authors have each contributed to the #reachingoutsci three-part series:



Elena Bennett

Elena Bennett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the McGill School of Environment at McGill University. She is trained as an ecosystem and landscape ecologist, and she now works with local communities in the Montreal area bringing the science of ecosystem services to bear on land use and land management decisions. She is now hard at work developing a training program in outreach and communication for McGill professors working in environment-related fields. Find her on twitter @ElenaBennett and learn more about her research at


Dawn Wright

As Chief Scientist of the ‪Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the world’s leading geographic information system software, research and development company, Dawn Wright aids in formulating and advancing the intellectual agenda for the environmental, conservation, climate, and ocean sciences aspect of Esri’s work, while also representing Esri to the national/international scientific community. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the ‪College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Dawn’s research interests include seafloor mapping and tectonics, ocean conservation, environmental informatics, and ethics in information technology. She is also currently into road cycling, orange-flavored gummy bears, pirates, her dog ‪Sally, and SpongeBob Squarepants. Follow her on Twitter ‪@deepseadawn.


Leah R. Gerber

Leah R. Gerber is a Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science in the School of Life Sciences and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the School of Sustainability in the at Arizona State University.  Gerber is a broadly trained population ecologist and marine conservation biologist who is committed to both a strong empirically-based marine research program and to connecting science to policies for sustaining the health of the world’s oceans. She has published broadly on life history, dispersal, monitoring, adaptive management, animal behavior, and ecosystem-based management, and has published over 90 papers in high-quality scientific journals.  Importantly, the impact of her work extends beyond scientific impact factors – Gerber is most proud of research that has been used in policy decisions and has stimulated public discourse in popular media. You can find her website here and she is @LeahLeopold on Twitter.

Hadly 2012

Elizabeth A. Hadly

Elizabeth A. Hadly is the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology and the Senior Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.  She studies and teaches about environmental change in fossil mammals, amphibians, and birds to reveal the ways in which current human impacts affect evolutionary and ecological systems, using natural experiments of Earth’s past to help predict how the biosphere will change in the future.  Professor Hadly’s research has taken her to Yellowstone National Park, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the jungles and savannahs of Africa, and the rain forests of Costa Rica.   Further information is available on her website and at @LizHadly on Twitter.


Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Lead of the Climate Change Adaptation Program at the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. She studies the sensitivity of species and communities to climatic and other global changes and is a leading thinker about human responses to climate change, through the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change. In addition to basic research, she participates in national and urban climate assessments and adaptation planning. For more info, see here and @jessicahellmann.


Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren is a Professor of Geobiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, working on the history of photosynthesis on Planet Earth.  She is currently working on textbook with Yale University Press entitled, “Life On Land” meant to better integrate biology into the standard geology curriculum. You can find her website here and she’s @HopeJahren on Twitter.


Barnosky 2012

Anthony D. Barnosky

Since 1990, Anthony D. Barnosky has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently holds the posts of Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.  His research focuses on how past species reacted to major environmental changes and what that tells us about the changes to come in our future.


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