Barbara Allen-Diaz Biography
Allen-Diaz was among 2,000 scientists recognized for their work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the IPCC and Vice President Al Gore in 2007. Allen-Diaz's contributions focused on the effects of climate change on rangeland species and landscapes. She has authored more than 160 research articles and presentations and is an active participant in her professional society; she has served on its board of directors and on various government panels.
In the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Allen-Diaz served as Associate Vice President-Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives since 2009 and as Assistant Vice President – Programs from 2007 to 2009. She is currently on leave from her position as a tenured faculty member in the College of Natural Resources on the Berkeley campus, where she has worked since 1986. Other CNR positions include Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Associate Dean, Research and Extension; and Executive Associate Dean. She also holds the prestigious Russell Rustici Chair in Rangeland Management, in recognition of her strong program in range management and ecology. Her research has included the effects of livestock grazing on natural resources, oak woodlands and ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada.