Terry Root

Terry L. Root is a Senior Fellow/University Faculty at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Her research strives to answer such questions as: What changes have occurred in wild animals and plants in the past century with ~0.8oC of warming around the globe?  What might the future ecological consequences be for wild species as the globe continues to warm rapidly?

Terry was awarded the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1990, and in 1992 she was selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999, and, among other honors, was co-awardee with Stephen H. Schneider of the Conservation Achievement Award from National Wildlife Federation in 2002. Terry was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Terry earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in Biology from Princeton University.

Outside of Science: Terry enjoys throwing pottery, singing in her community choir, knitting, and playing with her two Border Collie mix dogs.