Dr. Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, teaches ecology courses and leads the Dirzo Lab in the Department of Biology. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in ecology from the University of Wales (UK), and a B.S. in biology from the Universidad de Morelos. He has published numerous refereed articles and scientific chapters in books mostly on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and on botanical diversity, and written or edited ten books, as well as a great number of research reports and publications for wider publics.
He joined Stanford after a distinguished career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and he has held visiting lecturer positions in many universities in Latin America and beyond. His field work has focused in particular on tropical forest ecosystems of Mexico, Costa Rica and Amazonia. He is passionate about environmental education at all levels and he is engaged in bringing science education to under-served children in the Bay Area, California.