Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor - Biology and Environmental Earth System Science
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 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2012 led the effort on the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” He is currently working on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, scheduled for release in 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
Cites Woods Senior Fellow Chris Field as one of "Five to Watch" during 2014 because of his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Quotes Woods Senior Fellow Chris Field, who is co-chair of Working Group 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, on climate change tipping points
By Peter Hannam,
Includes comments by Chris Field, Woods senior fellow and co-chair of a U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group, on upcoming IPCC report
By Alister Doyle,