Bree Rosenblum is a Professor of Global Change Biology at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her PhD from UC Berkeley. Bree’s research focuses on understanding the biological diversity of our planet. How are new species formed? And why species being lost at such an alarming rate in our contemporary world? Her research crosses scales from genes to ecosystems, and takes place from the White Sands desert in New Mexico where new lizard species are evolving, to the rainforests of South America where amphibians are threatened with extinction. Bree has published 90 scholarly articles and the first ever Global Change Biology textbook (with Oxford University Press). Her work has been recognized by numerous awards and has been featured in many textbooks and popular press venues (New York Times, the Discovery Channel, Public Radio, Ranger Rick). Most recently, she was in the BBC documentary “Endangered”.
Bree is also deeply committed to educational transformation and holds several leadership roles focused on promoting institutional and cultural change to support diversity, creativity, and self-actualization in academia. She currently serves as the Director of the campus-wide Berkeley Connect mentoring program and the Director of the ambitious Berkeley Discovery Initiative. She also recently founded “the Authentic Academic”, a platform for offering mentoring and professional development support to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and campus leaders around the world. Bree loves creating community and weaves together many different modalities (from science to art to meditation) in the workshops and trainings she facilitates. Before diving into a career in academia 20+ years ago, Bree also worked as a middle school science teacher, a yoga instructor, a safari truck driver, a roving naturalist, and a barista. She loves supporting others in the journey of life.