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Human Evolution and Earth’s Tipping Point

Elizabeth Hadly’s Being Human talk, “Earth’s Tipping Point” is just around the corner on April 19, 2016 at Public Works in San Francisco. Hadly will explore how studying living and fossil animals can reveal human impacts on evolutionary and ecological systems. What makes her such an exciting speaker on this topic?

Snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Disappearing snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Elizabeth Hadly of Stanford University has spent 30 years studying environmental change across the globe. She’s travelled from the the jungles of Rwanda and the rainforests of Costa Rica to the Himalayas and top of Mount Kilimanjaro to uncover how human evolution has impacted the evolution of other species of animals on this planet. 

Hadly is also a dedicated mentor, leader and guide. She works to inspire her students by offering coursework which immerses them in life-changing experiences from California all the way to Costa Rica and India. Her passion for outreach reaches far beyond her students. California Governor Jerry Brown uses her work to better inform policy making. Hadly also was part of the Governor’s climate team at the recent historic 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Dr. Elizabeth Hadly

Dr. Elizabeth Hadly

Recent studies in human psychology have shown that humans often focus on short-term effects of our actions and often rationalize or deny rather than tackle difficult challenges. Hadly, her colleagues and students have been working to create meaningful connections with communities about humanity’s impact on the planet through the citizen science site  “Mapping Global Change.” The site features over 500 personal accounts, articles, and media related to changes to local ecosystems are charted on a nationwide map so you can learn what is happening in your own community.

Join The Leakey Foundation and Elizabeth Hadly on April 19th and celebrate Earth Day at Being Human: Earth’s Tipping Point at Public Works in San Francisco. Enjoy drinks, food, and conversation starting at 6pm. The talk starts at 7pm. Get your tickets now!

For more about Elizabeth Hadly’s work and humanity’s impact on the planet check out these resources:

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Mapping the Impact of Global Change citizen science site organized by Elizabeth Hadly, her colleagues, and students.

Scientists suggest appealing to human psychology to create solutions to climate change” by Rosemary Mena-Werth of Stanford News

Populations of early human settlers grew like an ‘invasive species,’ Stanford researchers find” by Rob Jordan of Stanford News

Follow Elizabeth Hadly on Twitter @LizHadly for the latest in science.

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