Dr. Terry Root is retired from Stanford University where she primarily worked on the possible mass extinction of species with warming. She actively worked at making scientific information accessible to decision makers and the public. She was a lead author for the Third (2001) and Fourth (2007) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and a review editor for the Fifth (2014) Assessment Report.
In 2007 the IPCC was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. In addition to other honors, Dr. Root was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science by the Defenders of Wildlife in 2010. In 1999 she was chosen as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and in 1992 as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. She served on the National Audubon Society from 2010 to 2016, and as Assistant Secretary beginning in 2016.
Dr. Root holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in biology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.