David Ackerly is the Virginia E. and Robert E. Gill Professor in Natural History in the Department of Integrative Biology, and codirector of the Berkeley Initiative on Global Change Biology. His research focuses on ecology and evolution of the native plants of California, impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and implications for conservation strategies. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2005. Ackerly has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in ecology and evolution, and his work has appeared in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is ranked among the world’s hghly-cited researchers. He is recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, a Senior Fellow with the Berkeley Institute of Data Sciences, and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Ackerly received his B.A. in biological sciences from Yale in 1984 and his Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard in 1993.