Biography

Pamela Matson is the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among other awards. She has served on numerous National Academies' committees, including the Board on Sustainable Development, the Board on Global Change, and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. She was the founding chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and founding editor for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. She is a past President of the Ecological Society of America, serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and the ClimateWorks Foundation as well as advisory boards for Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and directs the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University. Matson received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University; and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.