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Elizabeth Barron

Elizabeth Barron

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Elizabeth Barron holds a joint appointment as a postdoctoral fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, where she is working with Dr. Anne Pringle. Her research, broadly, examines the formation and uses of environmental knowledge for environmental governance and conservation. Elizabeth has a B.S. in Anthropology and Biological Aspects of Conservation and a M.S. in Forest Resources. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at Rutgers University in 2010 for her dissertation work documenting the emerging field of fungal conservation in the United States and Europe, and its impacts on federal land management and policy in the USA.

Her current research project, “From Morphology to DNA: Metagenomics and its Impacts on Species-Based Conservation Science and Policy” looks at how evolutionary biologists are navigating the relationship between molecular biology research and biodiversity conservation politics, using the discipline of mycology as the case study. This project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Elizabeth also has an ongoing project on social-ecological systems of morels in the mid-Atlantic states of the USA, which emphasizes the integration of local and scientific knowledge for management and conservation strategies.

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