Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2012
Fredric Janzen ’85, Ph.D., is widely known in the field of evolutionary biology and herpetology as an outstanding teacher, researcher and author. A professor in the department of ecology, evolution and organismal biology at Iowa State University, Fred teaches evolutionary genetics, herpetology and field biology courses to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and has mentored 100 postdoctoral fellows. He has authored 135 scientific articles and book chapters since 1986 and holds editorial positions with two academic journals. Dedicated to global conservation and ecology causes, which resulted in visiting professor posts in Costa Rica and China, he is frequently invited to deliver talks in a variety of academic and science-related settings worldwide and has garnered millions of dollars in grants to support research and education in biology.
Closer to home, Fred is involved in groups that are devoted to amphibian and reptile conservation and studying climate change. He is a member of the Sound Science Initiative, which helps to promote rational U.S. science policy involving the societal impacts of climate change and invasive species.
Fred’s numerous awards for his teaching and research included recognition as an ADVANCE Professor in 2007 by the National Science Foundation. Fred majored in biology at North Central and was inspired to pursue an academic career in zoology by traveling to Arizona and New Mexico for undergraduate research on desert ecology and reptiles. He completed a master’s degree in zoology at Colorado State University, a doctorate in ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Davis.
Fred, his wife Anne and their children live in Ames, IA.