Joanna Lambert is Professor of Biological Anthropology and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research, with a regional focus on equatorial Africa and the western United States, has developed along three main lines: nutritional ecology and the evolution of feeding adaptations, community ecology (especially plant-animal interactions), and conservation biology and species resilience in anthropogenic landscapes.
She is currently exploring phenotypic plasticity in primate and carnivore feeding biology, and its implications for species resilience and coexistence and for tolerating anthropogenic stress. Co-founder of the Northwest Primate Conservation Society, she has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program, and belongs to the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She is a Fellow of the AAAS and of the Linnean Society of London.