New directors named at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Elizabeth Hadly
Elizabeth Hadly (Photo courtesy Elizabeth A. Hadly)
Anthony Barnosky
Anthony Barnosky (Photo credit: Elizabeth A. Hadly)

The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve has a new leadership duo: ELIZABETH HADLY has been named the new faculty director, and ANTHONY BARNOSKY, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will become executive director of the 1,198-acre preserve.

Hadly, the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1998, has spent more than 25 years studying and teaching about environmental change in natural landscapes around the world. She oversees the Hadly Lab and conducts primary research on how both living and fossil mammals, amphibians and birds can reveal human impacts on evolutionary and ecological systems.

“I am excited and honored to begin working with the faculty, staff, students and docents who comprise the Jasper Ridge community,” Hadly said. “Jasper Ridge has a long, important history of providing an exceptional research environment close to the main campus of Stanford, while maintaining a remarkable diversity of biologic and geologic resources. I look forward to continuing this tradition and deepening the educational and outreach opportunities there, on campus and beyond.”

Barnosky, who has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 1990, is a paleontologist and geologist by training and has led several multi-disciplinary initiatives that focus on understanding ecological responses to climate change and human activities.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Jasper Ridge team and the Stanford community,” Barnosky said. “I’m looking forward to working closely with everybody who has helped build the incredible research, teaching and community engagement programs at Jasper Ridge, both to continue the many successful initiatives already in place and to help in developing new ones.”

Hadly will take on the role starting Sept. 1; she succeeds CHRIS FIELD. Barnosky succeeds Philippe Cohen, who retired in February, and will start June 1.

“Throughout Stanford’s history, Jasper Ridge has been a uniquely important part of the university, supporting key elements of Stanford’s goals,” Field said. “The preserve hosts cutting-edge research, enables creative studies to understand options for conservation, and helps inspire and train future leaders in the importance of wise stewardship. Liz and Tony each bring the kind of knowledge, sophistication and passion to truly take the operation to the next level.”