2012 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability
Pamela Matson, Stanford University
Pamela Matson (NAS) is the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, the Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and the environmental consequences of global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining livelihoods and human wellbeing.
Dr. Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among other awards. She has served on numerous National Academies’ committees, including the Board on Sustainable Development, the Board on Global Change, and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. She is a past President of the Ecological Society of America, serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, ClimateWorks, and Climate Central as well as a number of univeristy advisory boards, and directs the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University. Her recent publications include Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution and the National Resarch Council volume titled Advancing the Scienc of Climate Change. Dr. Matson received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University; and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.