Elizabeth (Libby) Porzig

Working Lands Director

As Working Lands Director, I lead our work in studying ecological function on rangelands throughout California in collaboration with our amazing team of partner biologists and other scientists, ranchers, researchers, and conservation partners.

I grew up in California where the diverse habitats, landscapes and wildlife inspired me to pursue a career in conservation.  I attended Stanford University, with additional coursework at UC Santa Cruz. Soon after, I began working for Point Blue as a songbird banding intern in the Eastern Sierra and the Palomarin Field Station. At Palomarin, my fascination with ecology and birds grew and lead me to pursue a PhD in ecology at UC Davis. My dissertation research focused on population and community response of landbirds at Palomarin to the rapid successional changes in the vegetation community.

When I’m not studying birds, plants, and soils on rangelands, I enjoy playing outdoors with my husband and our chocolate lab.