Welcome to the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America, the Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life

Bruce Cain and Iris Hui sitting side by side

Bill Lane Center Director Bruce Cain with Senior Researcher Iris Hui

Remembering Iris Hui

We mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Iris Hui.

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

Remembering Bill Lilley

The Lane Center remembers Bill Lilley, a charter member of our Advisory Council, whose commitment, generosity and creativity represented unparalleled contributions to the Council’s work and the Center

wildfire smoke over the Golden Gate Bridge

Image credit: Christopher Michel

Practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

Lane Center researchers and partners offer tips for staying safe from the smoke during wildfire season.

2021 Research Assistant Faces

Lane Center student researchers investigate salient challenges facing the West

In 2021, we’re pleased to welcome 20 RAs into the Lane Center family, with projects spanning climate change, public policy, health and other important issues in the American West.

Who are we? And what do we offer our students?

Exploring the American West with the Lane Center means SoCo in Hawaii, interning at Yosemite, researching indigenous communities and careers in local government. Learn more about the experiences of our accomplished students and alumni.

giant redwood trees in Sequoia National Park

Photo by Susan Q. Yin on Unsplash

Recent media fellow examines the insidious threat of ozone pollution

Jim Robbins, our 2021 Western Media Fellow, just published this piece in Yale Environment360 about the harmful impacts of ground-level ozone on biodiversity. The research for this article was supported by the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

Upcoming Events

Thu October 28th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Speaker: Catherine Ramírez, Tomás Jiménez
Thu October 28th 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm