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) co-authors a blog analyzing the major takeaways of a recent study led by Woods Center Fellow Marshall Burke (Earth System Science) on the economic consequences of climate change.
By Chris Field and Katharine Mach,
Senior Fellows Chris Field (Biology, Earth System Science) states that we should be striving to limit warming to as far below 2C as possible, but that will require a level of ambition that we have not yet seen.
By Robin McKie,
Op-ed by Senior Fellows Chris Field (Biology, Earth System Science) and Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) calling for the incorporation of climate-related risks in planning for California’s future.
By Noah Diffenbaugh and Christopher Field,