Berkeley Food Institute
Professor, Environmental Sciences Policy and Management
Panelist-Adaptation: Stories of Survival and Growth in a Changing World
Claire Kremen, PhD is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley, and co-directs the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California. She is an ecologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on understanding and characterizing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and utilizing this information to develop conservation and sustainable management plans, considering both protected areas and the working lands matrix around them. Her current research focuses on exploring the ecological, social and economic benefits, costs and barriers to adoption of diversified farming systems, and on restoring pollination and pest control services in intensively farmed landscapes, using both predictive modeling and field studies. Her work reaches from theory to practice and includes hands-on conservation action such as, for example, the scientific design and establishment of a network of protected areas to protect Madagascar's endemic flora and fauna. In 2007, she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her contributions to ecology, agriculture and biodiversity, and in 2013 she was elected to the California Academy of Sciences.