Dr. Lara Hansen is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt, an organization created to help develop the field of climate change adaptation by creating a network to develop the science of adaptation, build capacity to expand the field and provide technical support to agencies and organizations that want to start implementing adaptation. Her work focuses on identifying impacts of climate change and developing strategies to increase ecosystem and natural resource resilience to better weather the effects of climate change. She works on projects around the world. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis for her dissertation on the impact of enhanced ultraviolet radiation on the development of native amphibians. As a post-doctoral researcher she was part of a U.S. E.P.A.University of California joint project on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs in the Florida Keys and has also examined the comparative sensitivities of corals from diverse geographic locations (Caribbean, Florida and Hawaii).