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Courageous Leadership: A conversation with Dr. Terry Root

April 19, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Science leadership is not only about new discoveries; it’s also about developing new approaches to research and teaching; communicating scientific insights; and cultivating the next generation of science leaders. It’s a role that demands much more than dedication and hard work – you also need a lot of courage. Just ask Dr. Terry L. Root, senior fellow emerita at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, who has played a key role in climate science research and advocacy, specifically as it relates to the mass extinction of plants and wildlife, and has inspired countless others along the way. 

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, join Dr. Jessica Hellmann, IonE director, in a conversation with her mentor, Dr. Root, on her experiences at the forefront of climate science research and advocacy, what it means to be a woman leader in the sciences, and so much more. We’ll also explore additional questions, such as:

  • What is the future of climate science? 
  • What leadership is needed to help people and planet thrive together?

This free, virtual event is brought to you in partnership with the Bell Museum.

Registration is requested through Eventbrite to receive a secure Zoom link. Part of the event will include an opportunity for audience questions. These can be submitted prior to the event or during. This event will be recorded. Register here!

More about our speakers:

Terry L. Root
is Professor Emerita at Stanford University.  She was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change 4th Assessment Report that in 2007 was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.  Also, she was a lead author for the 3rd Assessment Report (2001) and a Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report (2014).  In addition to other honors, Root was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science by Defenders of Wildlife in 2010, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for the conservation organization Point Blue. She served on the National Audubon Board of Directors from 2010 to 2019, currently serves on the board of Defenders of Wildlife, Birds Caribbean, and is on numerous science advisory boards, including the American Wind and Wildlife Institute.

Root earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in Biology from Princeton University.  She was a professor at the University of Michigan for 15 years, and then at Stanford University for 15 years.  She now resides in Sarasota, FL, with her husband and 8-month-old puppy.


Jessica Hellmann
is the director of the Institute on Environment at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Ecolab Environment Research Chair. As director, she provides overall strategic leadership for the Institute, an internationally recognized organization working to solve grand environmental challenges, while promoting interdisciplinary research, teaching and leadership across the university and engaging external partners and stakeholders. She is also the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Her research examines adaptation and vulnerability of biological species to climate change. Hellmann earned her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Biodiversity Research. She is an alumna of Stanford’s Leopold Environmental Leadership Program and a recipient of a career enhancement fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 


April 19, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Virtual Event
MN United States