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Chris Field

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Chris  Field
Education: 
  • 1981 | PhD Biology Stanford
  • 1975 | AB Biology Harvard
Professional Experience: 
  • 2010 - Present | Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2008 - Present | Professor, Department of Environmental Earth System Science Stanford University
  • 2008 - Present | Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment Stanford University
  • 2005 - Present | Professor, Department of Biology Stanford University
  • 2005 - Present | Faculty Director Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
  • 2002 - Present | Director, Department of Global Ecology Carnegie Institution
  • 1984 - 2002 | Staff Scientist Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • 1981 - 1984 | Assistant Professor, Biology University of Utah
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2009 | Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2009 | Heinz Award
  • 2006 | Stanford University Stanford Sidney and Skippy Prize for Outstanding
  • 2001 | Member, US National Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 | ESA Aldo Leopold Fellow
University Service: 
  • 2006 - 2008 | Co-chair, Stanford Environmental Venture Fund Panel
Professional Activities: 
  • 2008 - Present | Co-chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
  • 2008 - Present | NRC comm on res opportunities at the interface of phys and biol sciences
  • 2008 - Present | Chair, NRC committee on ecological impacts of climate change
  • 2008 - Present | NRC committee on energy externalities
  • 2007 - Present | Chair, NEON Science, Technology, & Education Advisory Committee
  • 2007 - Present | Chair, NEON Science, Technology, & Education Advisory Committee
  • 2007 | Testimony, US Senate briefing
  • 2007 | Townsend Distinguished Lecture, University South Carolina
  • 2006 - Present | NRC Board on Intl Sci Organizations
  • 2006 - 2008 | SSC: Global Carbon Project
  • 2006 - 2007 | Chair, NEON ISEP revision comm
  • 2004 - 2007 | Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC, WG2
  • 2002 - Present | Cluster Coordinator, SCOPE
  • 2001 - Present | Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 - 2005 | Chair, Advisory Comm., US Carbon Cycle Science Program
  • 2000 - 2009 | PNAS, Editorial Board, 2002-2007
  • 2000 - 2005 | Chair, Advisory Comm., US Carbon Cycle Science Program
  • 1999 | Testimony, US House Committee
  • 1999 - 2006 | NRC: Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
  • 1998 - 2000 | NRC Grand Challenges in Environmental Biology
  • 1997 - 1999 | NSF Ecosystem Studies Panel
  • 1997 - 1999 | NRC Ecosystem Panel
  • 1994 - 1999 | Global Change Biology, Senior Editor
  • 1993 - 1998 | Chair, US National Committee for SCOPE
  • 1993 - 1996 | Ed. Board, Ecological Applications
  • 1992 | Testimony, US Senate Committee
  • 1991 - 1997 | Chairman, IGBP-BAHC focus 3: Large-scale processes
  • 1991 - 1993 | Editorial Review Board, Ecology
  • 1991 - 1998 | US National Committee for SCOPE
Courses Taught: 
  • 2009 (Spring) | EESS 215 Earth System Dynamics [Enrolled 11]
  • 2008 (Spring) | EARTHSYS 189/BIO 209 Earth Systems Field Studies [Enrolled 11]
  • 2008 (Winter) | IPER 335 ENVI SCI FOR MGRS & PLCY MKERS [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Winter) | BIO 164/246 Biosphere-Atmosphere Interact [Enrolled 12]
  • 2007 (Winter) | BIOSCI 6N Climate Change [Enrolled 11]
  • 2007 (Winter) | IPER 335/OIT 338 ENVI SCI FOR MGRS & PLCY MKRS [Enrolled 44]
  • 2007 (Winter) | LAW 608 ENVIRON SCI FOR MANAGERS [Enrolled 1]
Publications: 
  • 2009 | Campbell, J. E., D. B. Lobell, and C. B. Field. 2009. Greater transportation energy and GHG offsets from bioelectricity than ethanol, Science, 324(5930), 1055
  • 2009 | Loarie, S. R., G. P. Asner, and C. B. Field. 2009. Boosted carbon emissions from Amazon deforestation, Geophysical Research Letters, 36(14), L1481
  • 2009 | Loarie, S., P. Duffy, H. Hamilton, G. Asner, C. Field, and D. Ackerly (2009), The velocity of climate change, Nature, 462(7276), 1052-1055
  • 2009 | Lobell, D. B., K. G. Cassman, and C. B. Field. 2009. Crop Yield Gaps: Their Importance, Magnitudes, and Causes, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 34(1)
  • 2008 | Field, C. B., J. E. Campbell, and D. B. Lobell. 2008. Biomass energy: the scale of the potential resource. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 23:65-72
  • 2008 | Houlton, B. Z., Y.-P. Wang, P. M. Vitousek, and C. B. Field. 2008. A unifying framework for dinitrogen fixation in the terrestrial biosphere. Nature: doi:10.1038/nature07028
  • 2008 * | Campbell, J. E., D. B. Lobell, R. C. Genova, and C. B. Field. 2008. The Global Potential of Bioenergy on Abandoned Agriculture Lands. Environ. Sci. Technol.: doi. 10.1021/es800052w
  • 2007 * | Field, C. B., J. Sarmiento, and B. Hales. 2007. The carbon cycle of North America in a global context. Pages 21-28 in A. W. King, L. Dilling, G. P. Zimmerman, D. M. Fairman, R. A. Houghton, G. Marland, A. Z. Rose, and T. J. Wilbanks, editors. The First State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR)-Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.2, Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
  • 2007 * | Field, C. B., D. B. Lobell, H. A. Peters, and N. R. Chiariello. 2007. Feedbacks of Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 32:doi: 10.1146/annurev.energy.1132.053006.141119.
  • 2007 * | Field, C. B., L. D. Mortsch, M. Brklacich, D. L. Forbes, P. Kovacs, J. A. Patz, S. W. Running, and M. J. Scott. 2007. North America. Pages 617-652 in M. L. Parry, O. F. Canziani, J. P. Palutikof, P. J. v. d. Linden, and C. E. Hanson, editors. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • 2007 * | Canadell, J. G., C. Le Quere, M. R. Raupach, C. B. Field, E. T. Buitenhuis, P. Ciais, T. J. Conway, N. P. Gillett, R. A. Houghton, and G. Marland. 2007. Contributions to accelerating atmospheric CO2 growth from economic activity, carbon intensity, and efficiency of natural sinks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:18866-18870.
  • 2007 * | Gullison, R. E., P. C. Frumhoff, J. G. Canadell, C. B. Field, D. C. Nepstad, K. Hayhoe, R. Avissar, L. M. Curran, P. Friedlingstein, C. D. Jones, and C. Nobre. 2007. Tropical forests and climate policy. Science 316:985-986.
  • 2007 * | Lobell, D. B., K. N. Cahill, and C. B. Field. 2007. Historical effects of temperature and precipitation on California crop yields. Climatic Change 81:187-203.
  • 2007 * | Lobell, D. B. and C. B. Field. 2007. Global scale climate–crop yield relationships and the impacts of recent warming. Environmental Research Letters 2:doi:10.1088/1748-9326/1082/1081/014002.
  • 2007 | Raupach, M. R., G. Marland, P. Ciais, C. Le Quere, J. G. Canadell, G. Klepper, and C. B. Field. 2007. Global and regional drivers of accelerating CO2 emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences AMERICA 104:10288-10293.
  • 2007 * | Wang, Y. P., B. Z. Houlton, and C. B. Field. 2007. A model of biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus including symbiotic nitrogen fixation and phosphatase production. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 21:GB1018.
Research Activities: 

My field is global ecology, and my research emphasizes ecological contributions across the range of Earth science disciplines. My colleagues and I develop diverse approaches to quantifying large-scale ecosystem processes, using satellites, atmospheric data, models, and census data, and explore global-scale patterns of vegetation-climate feedbacks, carbon cycle dynamics, primary production, forest management, and fire. At the ecosystem-scale, we conduct experiments on grassland responses to global change, which integrate approaches from molecular biology to remote sensing.

Teaching Activities: 

I am one of five professors who teach the Earth Systems field studies course for advanced undergrads and co-terms at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. I also teach an introductory seminar on climate change for freshmen.

Professional Activities: 

Director, Carnegie Institution of Global Ecology; Faculty Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; Convening lead author, IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (2007); chair, US National Committee for SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment) (1993-98); Chair, US Interagency Science Steering Group on Carbon Cycle Science; lead author, first ESA-Union of Concerned Scientists assessment of regional impacts of climate change on ecosystems (1999); fellow, ESA Aldo Leopold Leadership Program; member, US National Academy of Sciences

Research Keywords: 
Global Ecology, Land Cover Change, Climate Change
Other Affiliations: 
Carnegie Institution; Global Ecology;
First Name: 
Chris
Last Name: 
Field
Mail Code: 
4150
Phone: 
(650) 462-1047
SuNet ID: 
cfield
Stanford E-mail: 
cfield@stanford.edu