Senior Fellow, Climate Change Biology
Center for Applied Biodiversity Science
1919 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Direct phone (202) 912-1360
Fax (202) 912-0772
B.A. June, 1978, Biology, with High Honors, University of California, Berkeley
Honors thesis:Renewable Energy: Systems and Implications Honors Advisor: Todd LaPorte
M.S. June 1980, Physiology, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Doctorate June 1985, Environmental Science and Engineering, UCLA
Dissertation: Protection of Hawaii’s Native Birds in Geothermal Energy Development Major Advisor: Richard Perrine
Language proficiency: Read, understand and speak French (competent) Read, write, understand, and speak English (fluent)
Senior Research Fellow, Climate Change Biology
Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International
Visiting Researcher/Adjunct Associate Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Leader of CABS climate change and biodiversity initiative. Co-Leader of Conservation Internationa/Nature Conservancy Joint Initiative on Climate Change and Conservation. Responsibilities including design and oversight of regional modeling of biodiversity hotspots in a changing climate. Analysis and synthesis of modeling results, and application to corridor design, derivation of corridor design principles. Guidance of project collaborators and leading working group in reserve selection and climate change.
Instructor: Climate Change Biology, Landscape Ecology and Conservation Planning.
Senior Director, Southern Africa Regional Office, Conservation International, Capetown
Responsible for organization and establishment of Capetown office. Senior Director for Southern Africa and Madagascar. Oversight and development of Southern Africa programs. Special emphasis on research in climate change and conservation strategies, including technical development of corridors approach in Madagascar, trans-regional conservation efforts in Southern Africa, and application of climate change modeling to corridor and trans-regional approaches.
Senior Director, Africa Programs, Conservation International
Senior Director of Africa Regional Department
Oversight of all Africa country programs, including Madagascar, Botswana, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Representation of Africa programs in Senior Staff and board meetings. Direction of program development and project monitoring.
Biologist, Asia/Pacific and Madagascar Programs, Conservation International
Development of Madagascar and Philippines country programs. Assistance with design and implementation of Botswana country program and country programs in continental Africa. Specialist in the use of community development to enhance conservation of protected areas.
AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow, Africa Bureau, A.I.D.
Analysis of natural resources and development technical and policy issues in Africa. Focus on biological diversity, protected areas management and tourism-related natural resource projects. Conducted a major review of development initiatives as a means of improving protected area conservation [see publications]. Assistance in the design of the Masoala Peninsula and Montagne d’Ambre Conservation/ Development Projects in Madagascar and Southern Africa Regional Program Natural Resources Management Project. Coordinator, Natural Resources Policy Reform and Sector Adjustment Studies. Project Manager, AID-NASA Africa Deforestation Remote Sensing Study. AID-World Bank Liaison, Madagascar Environmental Action Plan. Short-term technical assignments to Botswana, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
American Institute of Biological Sciences Congressional Fellow, Untied States Congress Subcommittee on International Development Institutions
Management of Subcommittee oversight of environmental performance of Multi-lateral Development Banks (MDBs). Analysis of policy and technical aspects of MDB operations. Organized hearings on MDB environmental performance and policy-based lending for natural resource programs. Lead staff member for subcommittee meetings with World Bank president Barber Conable. Lead negotiator on environmental issues on the authorization of International Development Association replenishment. Technical analysis of environmental aspects of MDB projects in Botswana, Brazil, and Indonesia.
Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Environmental Center
Environmental policy and technical analysis, teaching. Coordinator of international programs and liaison to East-West Center. Project Manager, Geothermal Energy Wildlife Assessment. Lead Analyst in 15 legislative policy reviews, 6 Environmental Impact Statement reviews, and 8 technical permit reviews.
Instructor: Air Pollution and Environmental Assessment.
Research Associate, UCLA
Technical and policy analysis of the environmental impact of alternate energy development in the Southern California desert. Environmental assessment, computer modeling, and regulatory analysis. Water quality and wildlife impact assessment.
- UCLA Department of Chemistry (1981)
- University of Hawaii Department of Biology (1972-80)
- University of Hawaii Department of Chemistry (1978-1979)
Supervision of laboratory sections, teaching, student advising.
Development of an integrated program of analysis of climate change impacts on species distributions in biodiversity hotspots. Including species range shift modeling for the Cape Floristic Region, Succulent Karoo, Eastern Arc Mountains and Tropical Andes. Organizer of the Working Group on Climate Change and Reserve Selection, a multi-institution effort to develop conservation planning software capable of representing dynamic species ranges under altered climates. PI for the Advanced Models of Biotic Response to Climate Change project focusing on model development and testing for the California Floristic Region and Sonoran Desert.
Extent of remaining wilderness and human disturbance of ecosystems. Conservation biology and conservation strategies for Madagascar, West Africa, Botswana and South Africa. Co-organizer of conservation priority-setting workshop for Madagascar. Co-leader of conservation priority-setting workshop for West Africa. Human-conservation interactions, including alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.
Human-conservation interactions, effectiveness of Integrated Conservation and Development Projects. Co-Leader of joint World Bank, WWF, AID report. Lead author, Botswana Biological Diversity Assessment.
Native bird habitat quality and intersection of habitat quality and high potential zones for geothermal energy development.
Habitat quality of the Salton Sea, California for migratory waterfowl and wildlife. Means of maintaining habitat quality through control of salinity and sequestration of agricultural runoff waste.
Senior Director, Southern Africa Regional Office, Conservation International, Capetown
Responsible for organization and establishment of Capetown office. Senior Director for Southern Africa and Madagascar. Oversight and development of Southern Africa programs. Special emphasis on research in climate change and conservation strategies, including technical development of corridors approach in Madagascar, trans-regional conservation efforts in Southern Africa, and application of climate change modeling to corridor and trans-regional approaches. Supervision of regional employees and fund-raising.
Senior Director, Africa Programs, Conservation International
Oversight of all Africa country programs, including Madagascar, Botswana, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Representation of Africa programs in Senior Staff and board meetings. Direction of program development and project monitoring. Supervision of 80 professional level regional staff. Fund-raising for regional budget.
International and Overseas
Botswana, 1988, 1989, 1994-1998. Botswana Biodiversity Assessment, program oversight.
Madagascar, 1989-1998. Program oversight
Philippines, 1990-1994. Program biological design and oversight
South Africa, 1998-2000. Resident. Climate change research, program development.
Laos, St. Lucia, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia,
Brazil, Venezuela. Assignments of less than 1 month, 1988-2000.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Ecological Society of America
National Geographic Society
Society for Conservation Biology
Activities: Editorial and Review
Reviewer: Global Ecology and Biogeography, Global Change Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecology Letters
Co-editor: Climate Change and Biodiversity, Yale University Press (2005).
Activities: Conference Presentations and Organization
Plenary presentation: “Beyond the Arctic: Climate Change Impacts on Global Biodiversity” at VI World Wilderness Congress, Anchorage Alaska October 5 2005
Keynote: “Research Needs in Climate Change Biology” at Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation e-conference for UK Presidency meeting of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) August 29 2005.
Organized and Chaired session "Climate Change and Biodiversity Hotspots" at AAAS Annual Meetings, Denver (2003).
Honors and Awards
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Diplomacy Fellow, Washington, D.C., 1987-89.
American Institute of Biological Sciences Congressional Fellow, Washington, D.C., 1986-87.
Environmental Science and Engineering Class President, UCLA 1981-82.
National Merit Scholar, 1974.
Hannah, L., Midgley, G., Andelman, S., Araujo, M., Martinez-Meyer, E., Pearson, R. and Williams, P. (2007) Protected Area Needs in a Changing Climate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (in proof).
Hannah, L., Midgley, G., Hughes, G. and Bomhard, B.(2005) The view from the Cape: Extinction risk, protected areas and climate change. Bioscience 55: 231-242.
Lovejoy, T. and Hannah, L. (Eds) (2005). Climate Change and Biodiversity. New Haven: Yale. 398pp
Hannah, L. and Philips, B. Extinction Risk coverage is worth reporting inaccuracies. Nature 430, 141 (letter 08 July 2004)
Thomas, C. D., A. Cameron, R. E. Green, M. Bakkenes, L. J. Beaumont, Y. C. Collingham, B. F. N. Erasmus, M. Ferreira de Siqueira, A. Grainger, L. Hannah, L. Hughes, B. Huntley, A. S. Van Jaarsveld, G. E. Midgely, L. Miles, M. A. Ortega-Huerta, A. T. Peterson, O. L. Phillips, and S. E. Williams. 2004. Extinction risk from climate change. Nature, 427:145-148.
Thomas, C. D., S. E. Williams, A. Cameron, R. E. Green, M. Bakkenes, L. J. Beaumont, Y. C. Collingham, B. F. N. Erasmus, M. Ferreira de Siqueira, A. Grainger, L. Hannah, L. Hughes, B. Huntley, A. S. Van Jaarsveld, G. F. Midgely, L. Miles, M. A. Ortega-Huerta, A. T. Peterson, and O. L. Phillips. 2004b. Thomas et al. reply. Nature, 430:1-2.
Hannah, L., Lovejoy, T, Midgley, G., Bond, W., Bush, M., Lovett, J., Scott, D., Woodward, I. 2002. Conservation of Biodiversity in a Changing Climate. Conservation Biology 16:11-17.
Midgley, G.F., Hannah, L., Roberts, R., Allsopp, J. & McDonald, D.J. (2001). Quarternary climatic oscillations as a driving force behind plant species richness in the greater Cape Mediterranean Region. Journal of Mediterranean Ecology 2:137-145.
Hannah, L. 2001. The role of global protected areas in conserving biodiversity during climate change. In: Climate Change and Protected Areas Visconti, G. (ed). Kluwer: Amsterdam.
Brooks, T., Hannah, L., da Fonseca, G. A. B. and Mittermeier, R. A. 2001. Prioritizing hotspots, representing transitions. TRENDS in Ecology & Evolution. 16, 673.
Hannah, L. 2001. World wilderness - Global assessments and prospects for the future.
In: Wilderness and Humanity Martin, V. and Sarathy, M. (Eds). pp 14-20. Fulcrum: Golden, Colorado.
Fonseca, G.;Balmford, A.;Bibby, C.;Boitani, L.;Corsi, F.;Brooks, T.;Gascon,C.;Olivieri,S.;Mittermeier, R.;Burgess, N.;Dinerstein,E.;Olson, D.;Hannah, L.;Lovett, J.;Moyer, D.;Rahbek, C.;Stuart, S.;Williams, P.; (2000) Following Africa’s Lead in Setting Priorities Nature : 405 393-394
Mittermeier, R. A.;Myers, N.;Mittermeier, C. G.;Gil, P. R.;Fonseca, G. A. B.;Konstant, W. R.;Mast, R. B.;Thomsen, J. B.;Bowles, I. A.;Olivieri, S.;Ayres, J. M.;Hannah, L.; (1999) Hotspots and Global Biodiversity Conservation. In: Mittermeier, R. A., N. Myers, P. R. Gil, and C. G. Mittermeier (eds.), Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions, pp. 21-67 CEMEX
Hannah, L., B. Rakotosamimanana, J. Ganzhorn, R. A. Mittermeier, S. Olivieri, L. Iyer, S. Rajaobelina, J. Hough, F. Andriamialisoa, I. Bowles, and G. Tilkin. 1998. Participatory Planning, Scientific Priorities and Landscape Conservation in Madagascar. Environmental Conservation 25 (1) 30-36.
Ganzhorn, J., B. Rakotosamimanana, L. Hannah, J. Hough, L. Iyer, S. Olivieri, S. Rajaobelina, and G. Tilken. 1997. Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar. Primate Report (special issue) 48-1.
Slaymaker, D. M. and L. Hannah. 1997. GPS-Logged Aerial Video as a Georeferencing Tool for Digital Imagery in Remote Regions, A Case Study in Madagascar. In: Proceedings of the 16th Biannual Workshop on Color Photography and Videography in Resource Assessment.
Hannah, L., R. A. Mittermeier, K. Ross, H. Castro, F. Castro. 1997. New Threats to the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Oryx 31 (2) 86-89.
Hannah, L., J. L. Carr and A. Lankerani. 1995. Human Disturbance and Natural Habitat: A Biome Level Analysis of a Global Data Set. Biodiversity and Conservation. 4 128-155.
Hannah, L., D. Lohse, C. Hutchinson, and J.L. Carr. 1994. A Preliminary Inventory of Human Disturbance of World Ecosystems. AMBIO 23 (4-5):246.
Hannah, L. 1992. “African People, African Parks: An Evaluation of Development Initiatives as a Means of Improving Protected Area Conservation in Africa.” Agency for International Development, Bureau for Africa, Biodiversity Support Program and Conservation International.
Wells, M., K. Brandon and L. Hannah. 1992. People and Parks: Linking Protected Area Conservation to Local Development. World Bank.
Hannah, L. 1990. Rain-Forests and Geothermal Energy in Hawaii: Environmental Concerns Expose Flawed Planning Process. Environmental Conservation 17 (3):239.
Hannah, L., G. Wetterberg, and L. Duvall. 1988. “Botswana Biological Diversity Assessment.” Agency for International Development, Bureau for Africa. Technical Report 698-046788-1.
Hannah, L. 1987. Endangered Species Act Faces Challenges in 100th Congress. Bioscience 37 (3):32.
Hannah, L. 1987. Environmental Changes Underway at the World Bank. Bioscience 37 (3):186.
Hannah, L. 1987. Valuing Wildlife: Challenges for the Future. (book review) The Environmental Professional 8(2):36.
Hannah, L. 1986. Protection of Hawaii’s Native Wildlife During Geothermal Energy Development. Environmental Management 10 (5):611.
Hannah, L. 1986. An Assessment of Native Wildlife Values for Geothermal Energy Siting in Hawaii. The Environmental Professional 8 (1):21.
Kratzer, C., L. Hannah, and M. Broutman, 1985. Predicting Impacts from Water Conservation and Energy Development on the Salton Sea, California. Water Resources Bulletin 21 (4): 565.
Hannah, L. 1984. “Land Use Strategies in Wind Energy Development.” presented paper, AAAS Pacific Division Regional Meetings, San Francisco, CA June 10.
Hannah, L. 1984. “Economics of Wind Energy Development.” presented paper, AAAS Pacific Division Regional Meetings, San Francisco, CA June 12.
Lindberg, R., P. Merifield, F. Turner, L. Hannah. 1982. “Resource Use and Wildlife Issues in Development of Alternative Energy Technologies in the Southern California Desert.” UCLA/Southern California Edison Report 82-44.