Jane Zelikova, PhD

Science Advisor

Soil Carbon + Biodiversity + Climate Justice

Dr. Jane Zelikova is a Carbon Direct science advisor, contributing her expertise in soil science, ecology, and environmental justice.

Dr. Zelikova works with other members of the science and broader Carbon Direct team to review the scientific merits of carbon removal projects, to develop our climate justice initiative, and to broadly support all our work streams.

Background & Bio

Dr. Zelikova received her PhD from the University of Colorado and has worked across academia, government, and non-profit organizations to address climate change, from fundamental science to application and the development of climate solutions.

Dr. Zelikova is also the founder of 500 Women Scientists, a global non-profit organization working to make science open, inclusive, and accessible. In addition, she is a filmmaker and founder of Hey Girl Productions as well as a contributor to the climate anthology “All We Can Save.”



University of Georgia


University of Colorado


Grist Fixer 2017, 2018

Grist 50

Bitch Media Bitch 50, 2018

Bitch Media

TED speaker, 2021

TED Talks