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Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder

Joanna has spent her career publishing and teaching about evolution, ecology, and the critical conservation issues impacting wild mammal species interactions and adaptation. Joanna is currently a professor at the University of Colorado – Boulder (CU). Previous to her position at CU, Joanna was a professor at University of Texas, a visiting professor at Duke University, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, an assistant professor at the University of Oregon, and Program Director at the National Science Foundation.

In addition to her teaching and research roles, Joanna Lambert is a scientific advisor to the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme, is the co-founder of the Northwest Primate Conservation Society, and is currently serving on the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She has held numerous editorial positions for journals such as Oecologia, PLoS ONE,Diversity, Integrative Zoology, Tropical Conservation Science, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, and African Primates.

Joanna’s accolades include receiving the University of Texas Presidential Award for Distinguished Research, the Vilas Associate Award for Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as the highest university – wide awards for both research (R.A. Bray Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship) and teaching (Ersted “Crystal Apple” Award for Distinguished Teaching) at the University of Oregon. In 2003, she was named Oregon’s Emerald Professor of the Year. She was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – the largest scientific society in the world (est. 1848) – for her “outstanding contributions to the field of feeding biology” – as well being made a Fellow of the Linnean Society – the world’s oldest society (est. 1788) devoted to the study of natural history and where Charles Darwin first proposed his theory of evolution by natural selection.


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    Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder