Ann Kinzig is a professor in the School of Life Sciences and chief research strategist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She served as a American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton administration, from 1998-99. She is an adviser to the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, which is supported by the Kresge Foundation.
Kinzig's scientific research has focused for several years on urban ecology, ecosystem services, conservation-development interactions and the resilience of natural-resource systems.
She received her B.A. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in energy and resources from UC-Berkeley. Before arriving at ASU, she was a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at Princeton University.