Paleobiologist Lauren Sallan Selected as a 2017 TED Fellow

Lauren Sallan, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 15 innovators from around the world who will deliver a talk on the TED stage in April in Vancouver, B.C.

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 414 Fellows from 87 countries, whose talks have collectively been viewed more than 145 million times. The program offers Fellows full participation in a TED or TEDGlobal Conference, a two-day pre-conference with workshops and activities, a Fellows retreat, ongoing professional coaching and mentoring, dedicated public-relations coaching and active participation in the TED community, including the global TED Fellows network.

Sallan is a paleobiologist who uses “big data” approaches to understand how global events, environmental change and ecological interactions shaped evolution and modern biodiversity. Her work with fish fossils has shed light on mass extinction events, leading to a publication in Science and coverage by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Motherboard and other outlets.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” Sallan says, “to share what fossil data tells us about the rules of biodiversity with a global audience and connect with incredible people doing awesome things. I am excited and honored to have been chosen.”

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