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Christopher B. Field

Christopher B. Field, PhD

Professor of Biology, Professor of Environmental Earth Science, FSI Senior Fellow, by courtesy

Department of Global Ecology
Carnegie Institution for Science
260 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 319-8024 (voice)
(650) 462-5968 (fax)

Research Interests

Ecosystem responses to global climate change, plant ecophysiology


Chris Field is the founding Director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy. 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.  Field has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change.  He is Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 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” and which is currently working on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, scheduled for release in 2014.  He is a recipient of a Heinz Award and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  Field 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.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.

Stanford Affiliations

Biological Sciences