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Anthony Barnosky

Anthony Barnosky is a professor in Stanford's department of biology and an executive director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. He previously taught at UC-Berkeley's department of integrative biology and was the curator at UC's Museum of Paleontology. His research career has combined paleontology, biology and conservation biology in ways that have helped define how people have triggered the onset of a whole new geologic age, the Anthropocene, otherwise known as the Age of Humans. He has also been active in communicating science, where his work has informed environmental policy discussions at the state, national and international levels. His recent books—Tipping Point for Planet Earth (2016), coauthored with Elizabeth Hadly, and Dodging Extinction (2014)—examine the state of the planet today and how we can guide it toward a future we want, rather than one that inadvertently happens to us.



  • Professor, department of biology, Stanford University, since 2018
  • Executive Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, since 2016
  • Professor emeritus, since 2016; associate professor/professor, 1990–2016—department of integrative biology, UC-Berkeley
  • Curator, Museum of Paleontololgy, and research paleontologist, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology—UC-Berkeley, 1990–2016
  • Director, Mountain Research Center; professor, earth science and biology—Montana State University, 1994–1998
  • Assistant then associate curator, vertebrate paleontology, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History,1984–1990


  • Co-author, Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?, St. Martin’s Press, 2016; and Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth, University of California Press, 2014


  • Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, since 1992
  • Senior fellow, Fulbright Specialist Program, 2007
  • Chancellor’s “Everyday Hero” citation for contribution to undergraduate education, UC-Berkeley, 2005–2006

Academic History:

  • BA, geology, 1974, Colorado College
  • MsSC, 1980, and PhD, 1983—both geological sciences, University of Washington


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