Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies; Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
Center on Food Security and the Environment, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for Ocean Solutions
Climate, Ecosystem Services and Conservation, Sustainable Development
Pam Matson's research focuses on the consequences of agricultural intensification, land use change, and nitrogen deposition for ecosystems and the atmosphere, and on sustainable development issues in developing regions. Working mostly in the tropics, she and her colleagues have identified the negative consequences of deforestation and intensive agriculture for the global and local atmosphere, freshwater, and marine systems, and are working to develop new approaches that reduce those impacts while maintaining human livelihoods and well-being. She also works on the vulnerability of food and water systems to climate change.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Stanford Earth professor Pam Matson, who served as dean of that school for 15 years, spoke with Stanford Woods Institute Director Chris Field about Stanford’s work to link knowledge to action on environment and sustainability issues. An edited version of their full conversation follows below.
By Woods Staff,