Terry Root is a scientist at Stanford University who studies the viability of species and populations. She works primarily on large-scale ecological questions with a focus on impacts of global warming. She strives to make scientific information accessible to decision makers and the public (e.g. being a lead author for IPCC Third and Fourth Assessment Reports), and her work played an active role in Tim DeChristopher’s decision to protest an oil and gas lease auction for which he served two years in federal prison. She was chosen as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999, a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment in 1992, and earned a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990 from the National Science Foundation. She is also a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.