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 


2013 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. Mendelhall CD, Karp DS, Meyer CRJ, Hadly EA, Daily GC. In press. Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscape. Nature
  2. Bay RA, Ramakrishnan U, Hadly EA. 2013. A call for tiger management using "reserves" of genetic diversity. J Heredity doi: 10.1093/jhered/est086.
  3. Barnosky AD, Hadly EA, Bascompte J., Berlow EL, Brown JH, Fortelius M, Getz WM, Harte J, Hastings, A, Marquet PA, Martinez ND, Mooers A, Roopnarine P, Vermeij G, Williams JW, Gillespie RG, Kitzes J, Marshall C, Matzke N, Mindell DP, Revilla E, Smith AB. 2012. Approaching a state-shift in Earth’s biosphere. Nature 486, 52-58.
  4. Adams R, Hadly EA. 2012. Genetic diversity within vertebrate species is greater at lower latitudes. Evolutionary Ecology doi: 10.1007/s10682-012-9587-x.
  5. Blois JL, McGuire JL, Hadly EA. 2010. Small mammal diversity loss in response to late-Pleistocene climatic change. Nature online early: doi:10.1038/nature09077.
  6. 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.
  7. Hadly EA, Spaeth PA, Li C. 2009. Niche conservatism above the species level. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:19707-19714.
  8. Ramakrishnan U, Hadly EA. 2009. Using phylochronology to reveal cryptic population histories: Review and synthesis of 29 ancient DNA studies. Invited review. Molecular Ecology doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04092.x.
  9. 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.
  10. McGill BJ, Hadly EA, Maurer BA. 2005. Community inertia of Quaternary small mammal assemblages in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102: 16701-16706.

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)
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-present), Melissa Kemp (2010-present), Jeremy Hsu (2011-present), Hannah Frank (2011-present), Katie Solari (2011-present), Alexis Mychajliw (2012-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 (2012-2013) 
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-present), Seth Judson (2012-present), Analisa Shields-Estrada (2013-present)

Academic Advisors

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

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 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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