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Pamela Matson

Dean, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

Pamela  Matson
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Pamela Matson is the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies at Stanford University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Matson is an interdisciplinary Earth scientist who works to reconcile the needs of people and the planet in the 21st century. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including the sustainability of agricultural systems and the vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change. With multidisciplinary teams of researchers, managers and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining livelihoods and human well-being. Matson is the author of numerous scientific publications and books, including the National Research Council volumes titled Our Common Journey: A Transition toward Sustainability and America’s Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change. She recently completed Seeds of Sustainability, summarizing 15 years of research and action in the ecosystems of Mexico. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science. She was the founding co-chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability and a past president of the Ecological Society of America. Matson serves on the board the ClimateWorks Foundation. At Stanford, she is a leader of the Leopold Leadership Program, which provides leadership and communications training to environmental scientists and analysts.