Dr. Barbara Schaal
Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Barbara Schaal is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Mary Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis. Schaal was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in Chicago, IL, USA. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a degree in biology and received a Ph.D. from Yale University. She is a plant evolutionary biologist who uses DNA sequences to understand evolutionary processes such as gene flow, geographical differentiation, and the domestication of crop species. Her current research focuses on the evolutionary genomics of rice. She currently serves as chair of the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Research Council and is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. She has been president of the Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution and is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.She was appointed as a US science envoy by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In February 2015 Schaal became the president-elect of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).