Barbara Allen-Diaz Biography
Barbara Allen-Diaz was born in Mt. Vernon, Washington, and raised in the small town of Edmonds, 15 miles north of Seattle. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at UC Berkeley. Before joining the UC faculty in 1986, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service for six years as a regional ecologist for Region 5, with responsibilities for California’s 20 million acres of national forest. The Society for Range Management honored her with its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2001, and the following year the California chapter named her Range Manager of the Year.
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.