Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Roger and Cynthia Lang Professor in Environmental Anthropology
Humanities and Sciences
Ecosystem Services and Conservation, Public Health
Lisa is the Roger and Cynthia Lang Professor in Environmental Anthropology and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. From 2001-2009, she was Professor of Tropical Resources and John Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1996-2001, she held an interdisciplinary faculty position at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Southeast Asian Studies and International Institute and Department of Biology at the University of Michigan.
She received her A.B. with honors from Harvard University, Ph.D from Princeton University and held a Mercer Post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. She has spent over 25 years in the South and Southeast Asian tropics conducting scientific research, training and outreach and policy studies. Lisa served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the East-West Center’s program in Environmental Change, Vulnerability and Governance, Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and Marie Tharp Fellow at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. Currently, she is a MacArthur Fellow (2007-2012), External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute (2003-present) and serves on NASA’s Earth Science Advisory Board, as well as governing boards of the Tropical Forest Foundation, The Forest Dialogue and Forest Integrity Network under Transparency International’s Corruption Watch Program.
Lisa’s current interdisciplinary programs examine the effects of land use change, climate, drought and fire on carbon dynamics and biodiversity; and impacts of governmental policies and industrial practices on ecosystems and rural livelihoods in Asian and Latin American tropical forests.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Indonesia pays a price for a lucrative crop used in many household products. Palm plantations damage freshwater streams that supply drinking water to millions of people.
By Rob Jordan,
Quotes Woods Senior Fellow Lisa Curran, professor of environmental anthropology, on the effects of palm oil plantations on the environment
By Carrie Arnold,
Refers to study led by Woods Senior Fellow Lisa Curran that found cutting down palm-oil plantations would add significant amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere
By Joel Brinkley,
Senior Fellow Lisa Curran weighs in on the growing pressure to convert more land to grow oil palms.
By Carl Zimmer,