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Sustainability Science Award to Pam Matson

June 18, 2013

The Ecological Society of America cites the integration of ecological and social sciences

Pam Matson

The Ecological Society of America selected Stanford School of Earth Science Dean Pamela Matson to receive its 2013 Sustainability Award given to the authors of a scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. Matson and a team of fourteen interdisciplinary researchers documented 15 years of agricultural development in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico, one of the most intensive agricultural regions of the world, and its transition to more sustainable management. Matson, with Stanford University, is editor of the book Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution (2011) that reflects the team’s findings and insights.

In addition to serving as the Chester Naramore Dean of Stanford's School of Earth Sciences, she is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Earth Sciences and is a senior fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.  She heads the Matson Sustainability Science Research Laboratory which is interested in sustainable agriculture, vulnerability analyses of human-environment systems, biogeochemical and ecological processes in forest and managed systems, and other areas in the emerging field of sustainability science.   Matson is a MacArthur Fellow and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.