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David Ackerly, PhD

Director, Science Advisory Committee Chair

Associate Professor and Gill Chair in Natural History, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley; former Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Stanford University; Fulbright Teaching/Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Faculty Affiliate, Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley; Curator of Ecology, University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California Berkeley; Associate Scientist, Ecology Dept., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Division, University of California Berkeley; Ecological Society of America, Cooper Award; Co-chair of Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Consortium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Current research in Dr. Ackerly’s lab is focused on three areas: 1) trait-based approaches to community assembly, with recent work on California woody plant communities and tropical forests, 2) niche and trait evolution, from microevolutionary studies in vernal pools to phylogenetic studies of trait diversification, and 3) studies of climate change impacts on California biodiversity, and implications for design of protected area networks, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about Dr. Ackerly’s work here.