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Pamela Matson

Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at Woods Institute, Stanford University

Pamela  Matson

PAMELA MATSON is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organizational strategist. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems and vulnerability and resilience of particular people and places to climate change. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving human wellbeing. She served on the US National Academy of Science Board on Sustainable Development and co-wrote the NRC volume Our Common Journey: A transition toward sustainability, and was a lead author for the NRC volumes on America’s Climate Choices. She was the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability and founding editor for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. She is a past President of the Ecological Society of America, currently serves as vice-chair of the board of the World Wildlife Fund and on the boards of the ClimateWorks Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, and several university advisory boards. Her recent publications (among around 200) include Pursuing Sustainability and Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution. Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is an AAAS Fellow. She received a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award and jointly received the Nobel Prize for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, among other awards and recognitions.