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Hadly named senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford

Liz Hadly, a research scientist and award-winning teacher, will lead the VPUE undergraduate research grant programs and will help shape a number of pilot programs encouraging capstone experiences for juniors and seniors.

Katie Cleaese

Elizabeth A. Hadly

Biology Professor Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hadly will become senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education on Sept. 1, Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, announced in his spring quarter newsletter to faculty.

In the post, Hadly will be responsible for assisting and advising Elam on the management of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and additional matters of undergraduate education across Stanford.

Elam will look to Hadly for leadership and new insights around Stanford's introductory science courses, most particularly with coming changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

As a research scientist and renowned teacher, Hadly will lead the VPUE undergraduate research grant programs and will help shape a number of pilot programs encouraging capstone experiences for juniors and seniors.

"As a past recipient of a Hoagland Award [2008], Liz is truly committed to innovative undergraduate teaching," Elam said. "I look forward to the energy and deep investment she will bring to undergraduate education at Stanford."

Hadly, who holds the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professorship in Environmental Biology at Stanford, will succeed biology Professor Martha Cyert, who will complete her three-year term on Aug. 31.

"I am so very pleased with all that Martha has accomplished in her tenure at the VPUE," Elam said. "Thanks to her hard work and vision, we have launched the Leland Scholars Program for incoming freshmen. She has also been a champion for undergraduate research and for diversity issues throughout undergraduate education. I could not have asked for a better partner over the last three years, and I look forward to continuing collaborations."

Hadly, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1998 and oversees the Hadly Lab, is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

She has spent more than 25 years studying, and teaching about, environmental change in natural landscapes all over the world, conducting primary research on how living and fossil mammals, amphibians and birds can reveal the ways in which current human impacts are influencing evolutionary and ecological systems.

Hadly's research has taken her to Yellowstone National Park, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Himalayas, the jungles of Rwanda, the savannahs of Africa and the rainforests of Costa Rica.

She pioneered the new scientific field of phylochronology – using fossil DNA and genomic techniques to reveal how animals responded to long-ago environmental changes – and the newly emerging field of conservation paleobiology, which uses the natural experiments of Earth's past to help predict how the biosphere will change in the future.

In her teaching, Hadly has pioneered the use of alternative classroom teaching approaches in science such as podcasting, merging science and art, and field seminars.

Hadly has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific studies, many of which have been reported in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Sierra magazine and The Economist. She communicates her science to the public through public lectures, blogs and other social media.