Beth Shapiro

Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz

Beth Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist who specializes in the genetics of ice age animals and plants. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz and HHMI Investigator, Beth uses DNA recovered from bones and other remains to study how species evolved through time and how human activities affected this dynamic process. Her PhD research developed tools to infer changes in species’ abundance and distribution from chronological samples of genetic data.