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
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
Senior Fellow Chris Field (Biology, Environmental Earth System Science) says that we have known for decades that carbon dioxide must have an effect on global warming, but this study provides concrete evidence for the first time.
By David Perlman,
Cites study by Woods senior fellows Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field that found that climate change is occurring 10 times faster than at any time in the past 65 million years
By Zoe Carpenter,
Quotes Chris Field, senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, on the summary process with government officials for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports