University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund Hosts Dr. Pamela Matson as a Burack Distinguished Lecturer

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics is proud to host Dr. Pamela Matson, a leading expert in the field of transdisciplinary Earth Sciences, as a visiting UVM Burack Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Matson will present "A New Era in Global Change Science: Linking Knowledge and Action for Sustainability," from 12:30-1:30pm on Wednesday, January 30th in the Jost Foundation Room at the Davis Center.  

Dr. Matson’s 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 the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, a Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.   She is the author of numerous scientific publications and books, including the National Research Council volume titled Our Common Journey:  A Transition toward Sustainability and Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution. A MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she is the founding co-chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, a past president of the Ecological Society of America, serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, Climate Central and ClimateWorks.  She also has served on the science leadership committee for the International Geosphere-Atmosphere Programme, the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Sustainable Development and Committee on America’s Climate Choices, and many other national and international groups.  Dr. 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.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Please join us.