Terry L. Root is a Senior Fellow/University Faculty at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, and a fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Her research addresses questions, such as: What changes have occurred in wild animals and plants in the past century with ~0.8 C of warming around the globe? What might be the future ecological consequences for wild species as the globe continues to warm rapidly? Root was awarded the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1990, and in 1992 she was selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999, and, among other honors, was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science by the Defenders of Wildlife in 2010. Root was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in 2001 and in 2007 when it was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.
Root earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of New Mexico, her masterís degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in Biology from Princeton University.