University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Pamela Matson

Pamela Matson Affiliate


PhD, Forest Ecology, Oregon State University

MS, Environmental Science, Indiana University

BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire



Pamela Matson is the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and solutions to global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving livelihoods and human wellbeing.

Dr. 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, ClimateWorks and Climate Central 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. Her recent publications (among nearly 200) include Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution and the National Resarch Council volume titled Advancing the Science of Climate Change.

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