Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies
Humanities and Sciences
Water, Health and Development; Center on Food Security and the Environment; Global Freshwater Initiative; Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Climate, Ecosystem Services and Conservation
Chris Field is the founding Director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. He is co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which led the effort on the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (2012) and Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (2014).
Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. He has, for two decades, led major experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change. He has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change.
He is a recipient of a Heinz Award and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America.
Field received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution since 1984.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Senior Fellow Chris Field (biology, earth system science) and Katherine Mach of the Carnegie Institution discuss a new paper in Nature that concludes we are not headed for a new ice age and that human-caused climate change will delay the next one.
By Chris Field and Katherine Mach,
Senior Fellow Chris Field (biology, earth system science), states "I think this Paris outcome is going to change the world. We didn’t solve the problem, but we laid the foundation.”
By Justin Gillis,
Dan Rather interviews Senior Fellow Chris Field (biology, earth system science) about the science behind climate change, and what makes it the defining challenge of the 21st century.
By Dan Rather,