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Pamela Matson

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Pamela Matson
Education: 
  • 1983 | Ph.D. Forest Ecology Oregon State University
  • 1980 | M.S. Environmental Science Indiana University
  • 1975 | B.S. (magna cum laude) Biology University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Professional Experience: 
  • 2005 - Present | Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • 2002 - Present | Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences Stanford University
  • 2000 - 2002 | Co-director Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University
  • 1999 - 2002 | Sant Director of the Earth Systems Program Stanford University
  • 1997 - Present | Goldman Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences Stanford University
  • 1993 - 1998 | Professor University of California, Berkeley
  • 1983 | Post-doctoral Fellow Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University
  • 1983 - 1993 | Research Scientist NASA-Ames Research Center
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2013 | Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society
  • 2012 | Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
  • 2011 | Einstein Visiting Professor, Chinese National Academy
  • 2009 | Colorado State University Eminent Ecologist Award
  • 2005 | The 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award
  • 2002 | McMurtry University Fellow for Undergraduate Education
  • 2002 | National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 1999 | Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professorship at Stanford University
  • 1998 | Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 1998 | Oregon State University Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 1997 | AAAS Fellow
  • 1996 | University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 1995 - 2000 | MacArthur Fellowship 
  • 1994 | Elected Member National Academy of Sciences
  • 1993 | NASA Exceptional Service Medal
  • 1992 | Elected Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1992 | Ames Associate Fellow 
  • 1984 | Oregon State University Research Paper Award
University Service: 
  • 2012 - Present | Chair, Provost's Committee on Sustainability
  • 2006 - Present | Member, Advisory Council, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • 2004 - Present | Science Director, Leopold Leadership Program
  • 2004 - 2011 | Stanford Environmental Initiative Leader
  • 2002 - Present | Ex Officio member of Stanford University Academic Senate
  • 2001 - 2006 | Sophomore Advisor
  • 2001 - 2006 | Member, Executive Committee of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • 2000 - 2001 | Member, Provost's Task Force on University Needs
  • 2000 - 2001 | Chair, Ad hoc Committee for a Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Graduate Program
  • 1999 - 2004 | Provost's Committee on Environment
  • 1999 - 2002 | Director, Earth Systems Program
  • 1999 - 2000 | Dean of the School of Education Search Committee
  • 1999 - 2003 | Provost's Committee to form Stanford Institute for the Environment
  • 1998 - 1999 | Acting Director, Earth Systems Program
  • 1998 - 2001 | Institute for International Studies Search Committee
  • 1997 - 2001 | Sexual Harassment Advisor, School of Earth Sciences
  • 1997 - 2002 | Goldman Honors Program faculty member
Professional Activities: 
  • 2012 - Present | Vice Chair, World Wildlife Fund Board of Trustees
  • 2011 | Delivered Keynote Address at Resilience 2011 Conference at Arizona State University, Tempe
  • 2011 - Present | Member, ClimateWorks Advisory Board
  • 2010 - 2012 | Member, National Park System Advisory Board
  • 2010 - Present | Member, World Wildlife Fund Board of Trustees
  • 2010 | Delivered Betty Klepper Lecture at the Crop Science Society of America Meeting, Long Beach
  • 2010 | Presented Session at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco
  • 2010 | Member, Visiting Committee for MIT's Department of Civil and Evironmental Engineering
  • 2010 | Member, External Advisory Board for School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • 2010 | Keynote speaker, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment Annual Symposium, University of Utah
  • 2010 | Distinguished Lecturer, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 2010 - Present | Member, Editorial Board, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment
  • 2009 - Present | Member, NAS Committee on America's Climate Choices
  • 2009 - Present | Member, NAS Committee on Climate, Energy and National Security
  • 2009 - Present | Member, Board, Climate Central, Inc.
  • 2009 | Invited speaker at conference "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions" in Copenhagen, Denmark, sponsored by the University of Copenhagen and the International Alliance of Research Universities
  • 2009 - 2010 | Member, NAS Science Ambassador Program Advisory Board
  • 2009 | Member, NAS Certification Committee
  • 2009 | Participant, NSF Conference "Towards a Science of Sustainability"
  • 2008 | Presenter at Symposium during AAAS Annual Meeting. Invited lecture at the University of Texas, Austin.
  • 2007 | Speaker at Three Symposia at AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Invited lectures at Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Duke University and Oregon State University.
  • 2007 - Present | Member, Board of Trustees, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • 2007 - Present, Member, Advisory Board, Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2006 | Plenary Lecture at AAAS Annual Meeting, St. Louis. Invited lectures at Arizona State University, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) All-Scientists Meeting. Panelist at Society of Petroleum Engineering Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
  • 2006 - Present | Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 | Invited lectures at The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
  • 2004 | Invited lectures at the University of Georgia, Athens, Brown University and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.
  • 2003 - 2009 | Member, World Wildlife Fund for Nature Board of Trustees
  • 2003 | Invited lectures at Yale University, Masachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University
  • 2002 - 2008 | Founding Editor-in-Chief, Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • 2002 - 2008 | Co-Chair, NAS Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
  • 2002 | Invited Seminars: Stanford Think Again in Washington, Vancouver;
  • 2002 | External Review Committee, Life Sciences Initiative at Cornell University
  • 2001 - 2003 | President, Ecological Society of America
  • 2001 - 2004 | Chair, Section on Ecology and Environmental Sciences, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 - 2007 | Advisory Committee for Environmental Program, Luce Foundation
  • 2001 | Invited Seminars: University of Illinois, Harvard Univeristy, UC Davis, University of Wisconsin, Stanford University Department of Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University Environmental Forum, Stanford University Think Again events
  • 2001 - 2009 | Founding Co-Chair, NAS Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
  • 2001 - 2009 | Founding Editor, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment
  • 2000 | Invited Seminars: Carnegie Institution Global Ecology Lecturer, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Presidents' Circle, Stanford Law School, Peninsula Geological Association
  • 2000 | External Review Committee, University of Utah.
  • 2000 - 2001 | President Elect, Ecological Society of America
  • 2000 - 2004 | Member, National Academy of Sciences Temporary Nominating Group on Global and Human Environmental Science
  • 2000 - 2002 | National Academies Coordinating Committee on the Sustainability Transition
  • 2000 - 2007 | Member, National Park Conservation Association Board of Trustees
  • 1999 | Invited Seminars:, Carnegie Institution Capital Science Lecture, International Botanical Congress, UC Davis, IGBP Congress keynote speaker, University of Connecticut Teale Lecturer, Penn State Life Sciences Consortium Colloquium, State University of New
  • 1999 | Invited testimony: California Senate Environmental Quality Committee
  • 1998 | Invited Seminars: National Academy of Sciences Symposium, USDA Anniversary Celebration, UCSC Resources in Environmental Education Program, SCOPE 10th General Assembly, University of Minnesota Lindeman Lecturer
  • 1998 - 2001 | IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Lead Author, Working Group 1 Chapter 4
  • 1998 - 2000 | Member, International SCOPE project on nitrogen transport and transformations
  • 1998 - 2001 | Member, Science Advisory Committee for the Organization of Tropical Studies
  • 1998 - 2001 | Liaison, Section 27 National Academy of Sciences
  • 1998 - 2001 | Co-Chair, Section 27 National Academy of Sciences
  • 1998 - 2000 | Editorial Board, Annual Review of Energy and Environment
  • 1998 - 1999 | Program Committee for the XVI International Botanical Congress
  • 1997 | Invited Seminars: Oregon State University; University of Texas, Austin; Colorado State University, Eminent Ecologists Series (3 seminars); UC Santa Cruz; Stanford University; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Boseman,
  • 1997 - 2001 | Member and Executive Committee Member, International Geosphere-Biosphere Program Scientific Advisory Committee
  • 1997 - 2002 | Editorial Board, Ecosystems
  • 1996 - 1999 | Member, U.S. National Committee of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
  • 1996 - 2000 | Member, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory Advisory Committee
  • 1995 - 2004 | Member, Institute of Ecosystem Studies Board of Trustees
  • 1995 - 2000 | Member, National Academy of Sciences Board on Sustainable Development
  • 1994 - 1997 | Member, NASA Mission to Planet Earth Advisory Committee
  • 1994 - 1998 | Member, NASA Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Exchange Study Advisory Committee
  • 1994 - 2000 | Chair, Ecological Society of America Sustainable Biosphere Initiative Steering Committee
  • 1994 - 2000 | Editorial Board, Ecological Applications
  • 1994 - 1997 | Editorial Board, Global Change Biology
  • 1992 - Present | Member, Aspen Global Change Institute Advisory Board
Courses Taught: 
  • 2010 (Fall) SES 300 Earth Sciences Seminar (w/Graham) [Enrolled  ]
  • 2010 (Winter), Urban Agriculture [Enrolled  ]
  • 2009 (Fall) | SES 300 Earth Sciences Seminar (w/Graham) [Enrolled 20]
  • 2009 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2009 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Fall) | EARTHSYS 250 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | EARTHSYS 181/281 Concepts of Urban Agriculture [Enrolled 18]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Summer) | EARTHSYS 250 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Spring) | EARTHSYS 297 Directed Individual Study [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Winter) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 299 Field Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES/GEOPHYS/IPER/ENERGY/EESS 300 Earth Sciences Seminar (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 40]
  • 2007 (Summer) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Summer) | EARTHSYS 250 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES/GEOPHYS/IPER/ENERGY/EEES 300 Earth Sciences Seminar [Enrolled 55]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Winter) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Spring) | IPER 330 Research Approaches [Enrolled 6]
  • 2006 (Spring) | MS&E 474 / GSBGEN 547 BUSINESS&ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR [Enrolled 93]
  • 2006 (Fall) | SES 300 Earth Sciences Seminar [Enrolled 20]
  • 2006 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES/GEOPHYS/EARTHSYS/IPER/PETENG 300 EARTH SCIENCES SEMINAR [Enrolled 44]
  • 2006 (Spring) | ESYS 189/BIOSCI 206 EARTH SYSTEMS FIELD STUDIES [Enrolled 10]
  • 2005 | IPER 399 (AUT) Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GSBGEN 547 Business & Environm Issues [Enrolled 26]
  • 2005 (Spring) | MS&E 474 Business & Environm Issues [Enrolled 40]
  • 2005 | GES 398 Ecosystem Modeling [Enrolled 5]
  • 2005 (Winter) | IPER 399 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Winter) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 2]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GES 44N Devlpmt/Environment in 21stc [Enrolled 10]
  • 2005 (Spring) | IPER 399 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Summer) | IPER 399 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Spring) | EARTHSYS 189 Earth Systems Field Studies [Enrolled 2]
  • 2005 (Spring) | BIOSCI 206 Earth Systems Field Studies [Enrolled 5]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GES 398 Ecosystem Modeling [Enrolled 7]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Fall) | SES 300 Earth Sciences Seminar [Enrolled 20]
  • 2005 (Spring) | IPER 330 Interdisciplinary Analysis [Enrolled 12]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES/GEOPHYS/EARTHSYS/IPER/PETENG 300 Earth Sciences Seminar (w/Graham) [Enrolled 45]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2005 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2004 (Fall) | 300 Earth Sciences Seminar [Enrolled 20]
  • 2004 (Winter) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2004 | MSE 474 Business & Environmental Issues [Enrolled 111]
  • 2004 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 | GES 44N Development/Environment in 21st Century [Enrolled 16]
  • 2004 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2004 (Fall) | GES 300 / EARTHSYS 300 / IPER 300 / GEOPHYS 300 / PETENG 300 Earth Sciences Seminar [Enrolled 47]
  • 2004 | IPER 399 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2004 (Summer) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 2]
  • 2003 | GES189 / EARTHSYS189 / BIOSCI206 Field Studies in Earth Systems (w/ Fendorf, Miller) [Enrolled 12]
  • 2003 | BIOSCI117 / EARTHSYS 111 Biosphere [Enrolled 54]
  • 2003 | GES322B Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 | GES203 / MS&E474 Seminar in Business & Environmental Issues [Enrolled 23]
  • 2003 | GES322C Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 3]
  • 2003 | IIS195 Honors Program [Enrolled 5]
  • 2003 | GES198 Special Problems in GES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Winter) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2003 (Fall) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 (Fall) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 (Spring) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 (Spring) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Winter) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2002 | IPER310 Environmental Forum Seminar (w/ Goulder, Dunbar, Naylor, Schneider, & Root) [Enrolled 22]
  • 2002 | EARTHSYS111 / BIOSCI 117 Biology and Global Change (w/ Mooney & Vitousek) [Enrolled 41]
  • 2002 | EARTHSYS180 / 280 Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture (w/ Falcon, Naylor, & Kennedy) [Enrolled 40]
  • 2002 | GES189 / EARTHSYS 189 / BIOSCI 206 Field Studies in Earth Systems (w/ Chiarello, Fendorf, Ackerly & Miller) [Enrolled 8]
  • 2002 | GES198 Special Problems in GES [Enrolled 2]
  • 2002 | GES203 (B) Business and Environmental Issues [Enrolled 94]
  • 2002 | EARTHSYS250 Directed Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2002 | GES 322 A,B,C Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 24]
  • 2002 | GES044N A Transition to Sustainability: Development and Environment in the 21st Century [Enrolled 17]
  • 2002 | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 4]
  • 2002 | GES 422,459,480 Graduate Research [Enrolled 26]
  • 2002 | EARTHSYS299 MS Thesis [Enrolled 1]
  • 2001 | GES422 Research in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 15]
  • 2001 | GES459 Research in Global Change [Enrolled 1]
  • 2001 | GES322 Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 27]
  • 2001 | GES220 Terrestrial Biogeochemistry (w/ Vitousek) [Enrolled 33]
  • 2001 | ESYS111/BIO117 Biosphere (w/ Mooney & Vitousek) [Enrolled 55]
  • 2001 | IIS195 Honors Program 18 2000 ESYS250 Directed Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2000 | ESYS111/BIO117 Biosphere: Biology and Global Change (w/ Vitousek and Mooney) [Enrolled 96]
  • 2000 | IIS195 Science, Technology, and Policy [Enrolled 1]
  • 2000 | GES322 Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 39]
  • 2000 | GES422 Research in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 11]
  • 2000 | GES44N Emerging Issues in Global Environmental Change [Enrolled 6]
  • 1999 | ESYS240 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar (w/ Kennedy&Naylor) [Enrolled 16]
  • 1999 | ESYS111/BIO117 Biosphere: Biology and Global Change (w/ Vitousek) [Enrolled 62]
  • 1999 | IIS195 Science, Technology, and Policy [Enrolled 1]
  • 1999 | ESYS150 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar (w/ Kennedy&Naylor) [Enrolled 21]
  • 1999 | GES220 Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 16]
  • 1999 | GES322 Seminar in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 18]
  • 1999 | GES422 Research in Biogeochemistry [Enrolled 8]
  • 1999 | GES469 Research in Geochemistry [Enrolled 1]
  • 1998 | GES499 Research in general geology [Enrolled 2]
  • 1998 | GES223/ESYS223 Environmental Problem Solving [Enrolled 11]
  • 1998 | ESYS111/ BIO117 Biosphere: Biology and Global Change (w/ Vitousek) [Enrolled 6]
Publications: 
  • In Press | Matson, P.A.  "From Global Environmental Change to Sustainability Science:  Ecosystem Studies in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico."  Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science.  K. Weathers et al. (ed.)  Elsevier.
  • 2013 | Bierbaum, R.M. and P.A. Matson.  2013.  "Energy in the Context of Sustainability."  Daedalus 142 (1) (Winter 2013).
  • 2012 | DeFries, R., E. Ellis, F.S. Chapin, P. Matson, B.L. Turner, A. Agrawal, P. Crutzen, C. Field, P. Gleick, P. Kareiva, E. Lambin, D. Liverman, E. Ostrom, P. Sanchez, and J. Syvitski. "Planetary opportunities: A social contract for global change science to contribute to a sustainable future." BioScience 62(6): 603-606.
  • 2012 | Matson, P.A. (ed). Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution in Agriculture. Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • 2011 | Chapin III, F.S., P.A. Matson, and P. Vitousek. Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. New York: Springer.
  • 2011 | Hinckley, E.S., and P.A. Matson. "Transformations, transport, and potential unintended consequences of high sulfur inputs to Napa Valley vineyards." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(34): 14005-14010, doi 10.1073/pnas.1110741108.
  • 2011 | Hinckley, E.S., S. Fendorf, and P.A. Matson. "Short-term fates of high sulfur inputs in Northern California vineyard soils." Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 89(1): 135-142, doi: 10.1007/s10705-010-9383-3.
  • 2011 | Chen, Xin-Ping, Zhen-Ling Cui, P.M. Vitousek, K.G. Cassman, P.A. Matson, Jin-Shun Bai, Quin-Feng Meng et al. "Integrated Soil-crop System Management for Food Security." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(16): 6399-6404.
  • 2010 | National Research Council of the National Academies Committee (Matson, co-chair).  America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change.  Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • 2010 | Ahrens, T.E., D.B Lobell, J.I. Ortiz-Monasterio, Y. Li, and P.A. Matson.  "Narrowing the agronomic yield gap with improved nitrogen use efficiency: a modeling approach." Ecological Applications 20(1): 91-100.
  • 2010 | K. Jacobs, L. Lebel, J. Buizer, L. Addams, P. Matson, E. McCullough, P. Garden, G. Saliba, and T. Finan.  "Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resource management."  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0813125107.
  • 2009 | Vitousek, P.M., R. Naylor, T. Crews, M.B. David, L.E. Drinkwater, E. Holland, P.J. Johnes, J. Katzenberger, L.A. Martinelli, P.A. Matson, G. Nziguheba, D. Ojima, C.A. Palm, G.P. Robertson, A. Sanchez, A.R. Townsend, and F. Zhang. "Nutrient Balances in Agricultural Development." Science 324(5934): 1519-1520.
  • 2009 | Matson, P.A.  "The Sustainability Transition." Issues in Science and Technology XXV(4): 39-42.
  • 2009 | Vitousek, P.M. and P.A. Matson. "Nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry." In Princeton Guide to Ecology, S.A. Levin (ed). Princeton University Press.
  • 2008 | Ahrens, T.D., J.M. Beman, J.A. Harrison, P.K. Jewett, and P.A. Matson. "A synthesis of nitrogen transformations and transfers from land to the sea in the Yaqui Valley agricultural region of northwest Mexico." Water Resources Research 44, W00A05, doi: 10.1029/2007WR006661.
  • 2008 | Daily, G.C., and P.A. Matson. "Ecosystem services: From theory to implementation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(28): 9455-9456.
  • 2006 | Chapin, F.S., G.M. Woodwell, J.T. Randerson, G.M. Lovett, E.B. Rastetter, D.D. Baldocchi, D.A. Clark, M.E. Harmon, D.S. Schimel, R. Valentini, C. Wirth, J.D. Aber, J.J. Cole, M.L. Goulden, J.W. Harden, M. Heimann, R.W. Howarth, P.A. Matson, A.D. McGuire, J.M. Melillo, H.A. Mooney, J.C. Neff, R.A. Houghton, M.L. Pace, M.G. Ryan, S.W. Running, O.E. Sala, W.H. Schlesinger, E.D. Schulze. "Reconciling carbon cycle terminology: A search for consensus." Ecosystems 9(7): 1041-1050.
  • 2006 | Carney, K.M., and P.A. Matson. "The influence of plant community composition and diversity on soil microbial communities." Microbial Ecology 52(2): 226-238.
  • 2006 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Agricultural intensification: Will land spared from farming be land spared for nature?" Conservation Biology 20(3): 709-710. 
  • 2006 | Holtgrieve, G.W., P.K. Jewett, P.A. Matson. "Variations in soil N cycling and trace gas emissions in wet tropical forests."Oecologia 146(4): 585-594.
  • 2006 | Goldstein, J.H., G.C. Daily, J.B. Friday, P.A. Matson, R.A. Naylor, and P. Vitousek. "Business strategies for conservation on private lands: Koa forestry as a case study." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103(26): 10140-10145.
  • 2006 | Luers, A.L., Naylor, R., and P.A. Matson. "A case study of land reform and coastal land transformation in Southern Sonora, Mexico." Land Use Policy 23(4): 436-447. 
  • 2005 | Matson, P., A. Luers, K. Seto, R. Naylor and I. Ortiz-Monasterio. "People, land use and environment in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico." In Population, Land Use, and Environment, B. Entwisle and P. Stern, eds, 238-264. Washington, DC: National Research Council.
  • 2005 | Carney, K.M., and P.A. Matson. "Plant diversity, soil microorganisms, and soil carbon cycling: does altering belowground communities matter to ecosystem functioning?" Ecosystems 8(8): 928-940.
  • 2005 | Beman, J.M., K.R Arrigo, and P.A. Matson. "Agricultural runoff fuels large phytoplankton blooms in vulnerable areas of the ocean." Nature 434: 211-214.
  • 2005 | Harrison, J.A., P.A. Matson, and S.E. Fendorf. "Effects of a diel oxygen cycle on nitrogen transformations and greenhouse gas emissions in a eutrophied subtropical stream." Aquatic Sciences 67: 308-315.
  • 2005 | Lobell, D.B., J.I. Ortiz-Monasterio, G.P. Asner, P.A. Matson, R.L. Naylor, and W.P. Falcon. "Analysis of wheat yield and climatic trends in Mexico." Field Crops Research 94: 250-256.
  • 2005 | Lohse, K.A., and P.A. Matson. "Consequences of nitrogen additions for soil processes and solution losses from wet tropical forests." Ecological Applications 15(5): 1629-1648.
  • 2004 | Steffen, W., A. Sanderson, P.D. Tyson, J. Jager, P.A. Matson, B. Moore III, F. Oldfield, K. Richardson, H.J. Schellnhuber, B.L. Turner II, and R.J. Wasson. Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-40800-2.
  • 2004 | Carney, K .M., P.A. Matson, and B.J.M. Bohannan. "Diversity, composition, and function of tropical soil nitrifiers across a plant diversity gradient and among land use types." Ecology Letters 7: 684-694.
  • 2003 | Osher, L.J., P.A. Matson, and R. Amundson. "Effect of land use change on soil carbon in Hawaii." Biogeochemistry 65(2): 213-232.
  • 2003 | Hedin, L.O., P.M. Vitousek, and P.A. Matson. "Nutrient losses over four million years of tropical forest development." Ecology 84(9: 2231-2255.
  • 2003 | Vitousek, P., O. Chadwick, P. Matson, S. Allison, L. Derry, L. Kettley, A. Luers, E. Mecking, V. Monastra, and S. Porder. "Erosion and the rejuvenation of weathering-derived nutrient supply in an old tropical landscape." Ecosystems 6(8), 762-772.
  • 2003 | Hall, S.J., and P.A. Matson. "Nutrient status of tropical rain forests influences soil N dynamics after N additions." Ecological Monographs 73(1): 107-129.
  • 2003 | Turner, B.L., R.E. Kasperson, P.A. Matson, J.J. McCarthy, R.W. Corell, L. Christensen, N. Eckley, J.X. Kasperson, A. Luers, M.L. Martello, C. Polsky, A. Pulsipher, and A. Schiller. "A framework for vulnerability analysis in sustainability sciences." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(14): 8074-8079.
  • 2003 | Turner, B.L., P.A. Matson, J.J. McCathy, R.W. Corell, L. Christensen, N. Eckley, G.K. Hovelsrud-Broad, J.X. Kasperson, R.E. Kasperson, A. Luers, M.L. Martello, S. Mathiesen, R. Naylor, C. Polsky, A. Pulsipher, A. Schiller, H. Selin, and N. Tyler. "Illustrating the coupled human-environment system for vulnerability analysis: Three case studies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(14): 8080-8085.
  • 2003 | Harrison, J., and P. Matson. "Patterns and controls of nitrous oxide emissions from waters draining a subtropical agricultural valley." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17(3): 1080-1093.
  • 2003 | Luers, A.L., D.B. Lobell, L.S. Sklar, C.L. Addams, and P.A. Matson. "A method for quantifying vulnerability, applied to the agricultural system of the Yaqui Valley, Mexico." Global Environmental Change 13: 255-267.
  • 2002 | Matson, P.A., K. Lohse, and S. Hall. "The globalization if nitrogen deposition and consequences for terrestrial ecosystems." Ambio 31(2): 113-119. 
  • 2002 Chapin, F.S., P.A. Matson, and H.A. Mooney. Principles of Ecosystem Ecology. New York: Springer Verlag.
  • 2002 | Tilman, D., C.G. Cassman, P.A. Matson, R. Naylor, and S. Polasky. "Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices." Nature 418: 671-677.
  • 2002 | Hall, S.J., and P.A. Matson. "Environmental variables controlling trace gas emissions from forests: Acid Precipitation and Nitrogen Deposition." In Trace Gas Exchange in Forest Ecosystems, H.Papen, R. Gasche, and H.Rennenberg, eds, 279-306. Fundamental and Applied Tree Physiology, Book Series, Volume 3. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • 2001 | Matson, P.A. "Environmental challenges for the 21st century: Interacting challenges and integrative solutions." Environmental Law Quarterly, University of California, Berkeley. Vol 27(4): 1179-1190.
  • 2001 | Schuur, E.A.G., and P.A. Matson. "Aboveground net primary productivity and nutrient cycling across a mesic to wet precipitation gradient in Hawaiian montane forest." Oecologia 128: 431-442.
  • 2001 | Schuur, E.A.G., O.A. Chadwick, and P.A. Matson. "Carbon cycling and soil carbon storage in mesic to wet Hawaiian montane forests." Ecology 82(1): 3182-3196.
  • 2001 | Riley, W.J., I. Ortiz-Monasterio, and P.A. Matson. "Nitrogen leaching and soil nitrate, nitrite, and ammonium levels under irrigated wheat in Northern Mexico." Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 61: 223-236.
  • 2001 | Prather, M., D. Ehhalt, F. Dentener, R. Derwent, E. Dlugokencky, E. Holland, I. Isaksen, J. Katima, V. Kirchoff, P. Matson, P. Midgley, and M. Want. "Atmospheric chemistry and greenhouse gases." In Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Houghton et al (eds) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2001 | Steffen, W., P. Tyson, J. Jager, P. Matson, B. Moore, F. Oldfield, K. Richardson, J. Schellnhuber, B. Turner, and R. Wasson. "Earth system science: An integrated approach." Environment 43(8): 21-27.
  • 2001 | Asner G.P., A.R. Townsend, W.J. Riley, J.C. Neff, P.A. Matson, and C.C. Cleveland. "Physical and biogeochemical controls over terrestrial ecosystem responses to nitrogen deposition." Biogeochemistry 54(1): 1-39.
  • 2001 | Mosier, A.R., M.A. Bleken, P. Chaiwanakupt, E.C. Ellis, J.R. Freney, R.B. Howarth, P.A. Matson, K. Minami, R. Naylor, K. Weeks, and Ahao-Liang Zhu. "Policy implications of human accelerated nitrogen cycling." Biogeochemistry 52(3): 281-320.
  • 2001 | Perez, T., S.E. Trumbore, S.C. Tyler, P.A. Matson, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, T. Rahn, and D.W.T. Griffith. "Identifying the agricultural imprint on the global N2O budget using stable isotopes. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 106(#D9): 9869-9878.
  • 2001 | Kates, R.W., W.C. Clark, R. Corell, J.M. Hall, C.C. Jaeger, I. Lowe, J.J. McCarthy, H.J. Schellnhuber, B. Bolin, N.M Dickson, S. Faucheux, G.C. Gallopin, A. Grubler, B. Huntley, J. Jager, N.S. Jodha, R.E. Kasperson, A. Mabogunje, P. Matson, H. Mooney, B. Moore, T. O'Riordan, and U. Svedin. "Environment and development: Sustainability science." Science 292(5517): 641-642.
  • 2000 | Panek, J., P.A. Matson, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, and P. Brooks. "Distinguishing nitrification and denitrification sources of N2O in a Mexican wheat system using N as a tracer." Ecological Applications 10(2): 506-514.
  • 2000 | Riley, W.J., and P.A. Matson. "NLOSS: A mechanistic model of denitrified N2O and N2 evolution from soil." Soil Science 165(3): 237-249.
  • 2000 | Schuur, E.A.G., and P.A. Matson. "Land use change: Global effects of local changes." In Earth System Science: Patterns and Processes, W.G. Ernst (ed). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2000 | Harrison, J., and P. Matson. "The atmosphere as global commons." In The Commons Revisited: An American Perspective, J. Burger, R. Norgaard, E. Ostrom, D. Policansky, and B.D. Goldstein (eds). Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • 2000 | Matson, P.A., and A. Goldstein. "Biogenic trace gas exchange." In Methods in Ecosystem Science, O. Sala, R. Jackson, H. Mooney, and R. Howarth, (eds). New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1999 | Field, C.B., G.C. Daily, F.W. Davis, S. Gaines, P.A. Matson, J. Melack, and N.L. Miller. "Confronting climate change in California: Ecological impacts on the Golden State." Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA and Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC.
  • 1999 | Matson, P.A., W.D. McDowell, A. Townsend, and P. Vitousek. "The globalization of nitrogen deposition: ecosystem consequences in tropical environments." Biogeochemistry 46: 67-83. 
  • 1999 | National Research Council Board on Sustainable Development. Our Common Journey: A transition toward sustainability. Washington DC: National Academy Press.
  • 1999 | Hall, S.J., and P.A. Matson. "Nitrogen oxide emissions following nitrogen additions in tropical forests." Nature 400: 152-155.
  • 1998 | Vitousek, P.M., L.O. Hedin, P.A. Matson, J.H. Fownes, and J. Neff. "Within-system element cycles, input-output budgets, and nutrient limitation." In Successes, Limitations, and the Future of Ecosystem Ecology, M. Pace, and P. Groffman (eds). New York: Springer.
  • 1998 | Matson, P.A., R.L. Naylor, and I. Ortiz Monasterio. "Integration of environmental, agronomic, and economic aspects of fertilizer management." Science 280: 112-115.
  • 1998 | Field, C.B., J.G. Osborn, L.L. Hoffman, et al. "Mangrove biodiversity and ecosystem function." Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters 7: 3-14.
  • 1997 | Vitousek, P.M., J. Aber, R. Howarth, G.E. Likens, P. Matson, D. Schindler, W. Schlesinger, and G.D. Tilman.  "Human Alteration of the global nitrogen cycle:  causes and consequences."  Ecological Applications 7(3): 737-750.
  • 1997 | Matson, P. "NOx emissions from soils and its consequences for the atmosphere and biosphere."  Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 48: 1-6.
  • 1997 | Matson, P.A., W.J. Parton, A.G. Power, and M. Swift. "Agricultural intensification and ecosystem properties."  Science 277: 504-509.
  • 1996 | Matson, P.A., C. Billow, S. Hall, and J. Zachariesson. "Nitrogen trace gas responses to fertilization in sugar cane ecosystems."  Journal of Geophysical Research 101(D13): 18533-18546.
  • 1996 | Hall, S.J., P.A. Matson, and P. Roth. "NOx emission from soil:  implications for air quality modeling in agricultural regions." Annual Review of Energy and Environment 21: 311-46.
  • 1996 | Dungan, J.L., L.F. Johnson, C.R. Billow, P.A. Matson, J. Mazzurco, J. Moen, and V.C. Vanderbilt. "High spectral resolution reflectance of Douglas-fir grown under different fertilization treatments:  experiment design and treatment effects." Remote Sensing of Environment 55: 217-228.
  • 1996 | Potter, C.S., P.A. Matson, P.M. Vitousek, and E.A. Davidson. "Process modeling of controls on nitrogen trace gas emissions from soils worldwide." Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 101(D1): 1361-1377.
  • 1996 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Trace gas emissions in a tropical deciduous forest ecosystem."  In Tropial Deciduous Forest Ecosystems, H. Mooney, C. Medina, and R. Bullock (eds). New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1995 | Ortiz-Monasterio, J.I., P.A. Matson, J. Panek, and R.L Naylor. "Nitrogen fertilizer management: consequences for N2O and NO emissions in Mexican irrigated wheat." 9th Nitrogen Workshop, Technische Universit, Braunschweig, Germany, 513-534.
  • 1995 | Lerdau, M. P. Matson, R. Fall, and R. Monson. "Ecological controls over monoterpene emissions from Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)."  Ecology 76(8): 2640-2647.
  • 1995 | DeFries, S.R., C.B. Potter, I. Fung, C.O. Justice, S. Los, P.A. Matson, E. Matthews,  H.A. Mooney, C.S. Potter, K. Prentice, P.J. Sellers, J.R.G. Townshend, C.J. Tucker, S.L. Ustin, and P.M. Vitousek. "Mapping the land surface for global atmosphere-biosphere models:  toward continuous distributions of vegetation's functional properties."  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 100(D10): 20867-20882.
  • 1995 | Matson, P.A., and R.C. Harriss (eds).  Biogenic Trace gases: Measuring Emissions from Soil and Water.  Cambridge, UK: Blackwell Scientific Publishing.
  • 1994 | Keller, M., and P.A. Matson.  "Biosphere-atmosphere exchange of trace gases in the tropics:  Evaluating the effects of land use change."  In Global Atmospheric-Biospheric Chemistry, R. Prinn (ed). New York: Plenum Press.
  • 1994 | Billow, C., P. Matson, and B. Yoder. "Seasonal biochemical changes in coniferous forest canopies and their response to fertilization." Tree Physiology 14: 564-574.
  • 1994 | Matson, P.A., L. Johnson, C. Billow, J. Miller, and Ruilang Pu. "Seasonal changes in canopy chemistry across the Oregon Transect: patterns and spectral measurement with remote sensing." Ecological Applications 4(2): 280-298.
  • 1994 | Potter, C.S., P.A. Matson, and P.M. Vitousek. "Evaluation of soild database attributes in a terrestrial carbon cycle model: implications for global change research." In Environmental Information Systems Analysis, W.K. Michener (ed).   Taylor and Francis, UK.
  • 1993 | Vitousek, P.M., L.R. Walker, L.D. Whiteaker, and P.A. Matson. "Nutrient limitation to plant growth during primary succession in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park." Biogeochemistry 23: 197-215.
  • 1993 | Potter, C.S., J.T. Randerson, C.B. Field, P.A. Matson, P.M. Vitousek, H.A. Mooney, and S.A. Klooster. "Terrestrial ecosystem production: a process model based on global satellite and surface data."  Global Biogeochemical Cycles 7(4): 811-842.
  • 1993 | Matson, P.A., C. Potvin, and J. Travis. "Statistical methods:  An upgrade for ecologists." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 74(6): 1615-1617.
  • 1993 | Naylor, R., and P.A. Matson. "Food, conservation, and global environmental change:  Is compromise possible?" Eos 74(15): 178-179.
  • 1993 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Agriculture, the global nitrogen cycle and trace gas flux." In Biogeochemistry of Global Change: Radiatively Active Trace Gases, R. Oremland (ed), 193-208. New York: Chapman and Hall.
  • 1993 | Davidson, E.A., P.A. Matson, P.M. Vitousek, R. Riley, K. Dunkin, G. Garcia-Mendez, and J.M. Maass. "Process regulation of soil emissions of NO and N2O in a seasonally dry tropical forest." Ecology 74(1): 130-139.
  • 1993 | Caldwell, M., P.A. Matson, C.A. Wessman, and J.A. Gamon. "Prospects for Scaling." In Scaling Physiological Processes, C. Field and J. Ehlringer (eds), 223-229. New York: Academic Press.
  • 1992 | Matson, P.A., S.T. Gower, C. Volkmann, C. Billow, and C.C. Grier. "Soil nitrogen cycling and nitrous oxide fluxes in fertilized Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir forests." Biogeochemistry 18: 101-117.
  • 1992 | Field, C.B., F.S. Chapin III, P.A. Matson, and H.A. Mooney. "Responses of terrestrial ecosystems to the changing atmosphere:  A resource-based approach." Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 23: 201-35.
  • 1992 | Matson, P.A., and A. Berryman. "Ratio dependent predator-prey theory." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 73(5): 1529.
  • 1992 | Matson, P.A. "Biogeochemistryand perspectives on change." (Book review) Ecology 73(2): 712-713.
  • 1992 | Matson, P.A., and M.D. Hunter. "The relative contributions of top-down and bottom-up forces in population and community ecology."  (Special feature introduction) Ecology 73(3): 723.
  • 1992 | Vitousek, P.M., S.W. Andariese, P.A. Matson, L. Morris, and R.L. Sanford.  "Management effects on soil nitrogen transformations in a young loblolly pine plantation." Forest Ecology and Management 49: 277-292.
  • 1992 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Tropical forests and trace gases:  potential interactions between tropical biology and the atmospheric sciences." Biotropica 24: 233-239.
  • 1991 | Garcia, G., J.M. Maass, P.A. Matson, and P.M. Vitousek. "Nitrogen transformations and nitrous oxide flux in a drought-deciduous forest in Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico." Oecologia 88: 362-366.
  • 1991 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "A commentary on effects of tropical deforestation on global and regional atmospheric chemistry." Climate Change 19: 159-162.
  • 1991 | Matson, P.A., and S.L. Ustin. "The future of remote sensing in ecological studies." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 72(6): 1917.
  • 1991 | Roughgarden, J., S.W. Running, and P.A. Matson. "What does remote sensing do for ecology?"  Ecology 72(6): 1918-1922.
  • 1991 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Gradient analysis of ecosystems." In Comparative Analysis of Ecosystems, J.J. Cole, G. Lovett, and S. Findley (eds), 287-298. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1991 | Matson, P.A. "Trace gas emissions by plants:  A summary." In Trace Gas Emission by Plants,  T. Sharkey, E. Holland, H.A. Monney (eds), 341-343. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • 1991 | Matson, P.A., C. Volkmann, K. Coppinger, and W.A. Reiners. "Annual nitrous oxide flux and soil nitrogen characteristics in sagebrush steppe ecosystems." Biogeochemistry 1: 1-12.
  • 1991 | Davidson, E.A., P.M. Vitousek, P.A. Matson, R. Riley, G. Garcia, and J.M. Maass. "Soil emissions of nitric oxide in a seasonally dry tropical forest of Mexico." Journal of Geophysical Research 96(D8): 15439-15445.
  • 1991 | Gordon, D.M., and P.A. Matson. "Interactions of behavioral and evolutionary ecology in changing environments." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 72(4): 1179.
  • 1991 | Lubchenco, J., A. Olson, L. Brubaker, S. Carpenter, M. Holland, S. Hubbell, S. Levin, J. MacMahon, P. Matson, J. Melillo, H. Mooney, C. Peterson, H. Pulliam, L. Real, P. Regal, and P. Risser. "The sustainable biosphere initiative:  An ecological research agenda." Ecology 72(2): 371-412.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Ecosystem approach for the development of a global nitrous oxide budget." Bioscience 40(9): 667-672.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A., and S. Carpenter. "Statistical analysis of ecological response to large-scale perturbabion." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 71(6): 2037.
  • 1990 | Harris, R.C., M. Garstang, S.C. Wofsy, S.M. Beck, R.J. Bendura, J.R.B. Coelho, J.W. Drewry, J.M. Hoell, P.A. Matson, J.R. McNeal, L.C.B. Molion, R.L. Navarro, V. Rabine, and R.L. Snell. "The Amazon boundary layer experiment:  Wet season 1987." Journal of Geophysical Research 95(D10): 16721-16736.
  • 1990 | Vitousek, P.M., C.B. Field, and P.A. Matson. "Variation in foliar del 13C in Hawaiian Metrosideros polymorpha:  A case of internal resistance?" Oecologia 84: 362-370.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A., P.M. Vitousek, G.P. Livingston, and N.A Swanberg. "Sources of variation in nitrous oxide flux from Amazonian ecosystems."  Journal of Geophysical Research 95(D10): 16789-16798.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A. "Plant-soil interactions during primary succession at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park." Oecologica 85: 241-246.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A. "The use of urban gradients in ecological studies." (Special feature introduction) Ecology 71(4): 1231.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Remote sensing and trace gas fluxes." In Remote Sensing of Biosphere Functioning, R. Hobbs, and H.A. Mooney (eds), 157-167. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1990 | Matson, P.A., and D.S. Ojima (eds). Terrestrial Biosphere Exchange with Global Atmospheric Chemistry.  IGBP Report No. 13. Stockholm. 103 pp.
  • 1990 | Woodward, S., P.M. Vitousek, and P. Matson. "Use of the exotic tree Myrica faya by native and exotic birds in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park." Pacific Science 44: 88-93.
  • 1989 | Vitousek, P.M., P.A. Matson, C. Volkmann, M. Maass, and G. Garcia. "Nitrous oxide fluxes from seasonally dry tropical forests." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 3(4): 375-382.
  • 1989 | Luizao, F., P. Matson, G. Livingston, R. Luizao, and P. Vitousek. "Nitrous oxide flux following tropical land clearing." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 3: 281-285.
  • 1989 | Reiners, W.A., L.L. Strong, P.A. Matson, I.C. Burke, and D.S. Ojima. "Estimating biogeochemical fluxes across sagaebrush-steppe landscape with thematic mapper imagery." Remote Sensing of Environment 28: 121-129.
  • 1989 | Myrold, D.D., P.A. Matson, and D.L. Peterson. "Relationships among soil microbial properties and above ground stand characteristics of conifer forests in Oregon." Biogeochemistry 8: 265-281.
  • 1989 | Vitousek, P.M., P.A. Matson, and K. Van Clelve. "Nitrogen availability and nitrification during succession:  Primary, secondary and old-field seres."  Plant and Soil 115: 229-239.
  • 1989 | Matson, P.A., P.M. Vitousek, and D.S. Schimel. "Regional extrapolation of trace gas flux based on soils and ecosystems."  In Exchange of Trace Gases Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and the Atmosphere, M.D. Andreae, and D.S. Schimel (eds), 97-108. New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • 1988 | Vitousek, P.M., P.A. Matson, and D.R. Turner. "Elevational and age gradients in Hawaiian montane rainforest:  foliar and soil nutrients." Oecologia 77: 565-570.
  • 1988 | Card, D.H., D.L. Peterson, P.A. Matson, and J.D. Aber. "Prediction of leaf chemistry by the use of visible and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy." Remote Sensing of Environment 26: 123-147.
  • 1988 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Nitrogen transformation in tropical forest soils." Soil Biology and Biochemistry 20: 361-367.
  • 1988 | Matson, P.A., and R.C. Harriss. "Airfcaft-based measurements of biosphere-atmosphere gas exchange." Ecology 69(5): 1318-1325.
  • 1988 | Peterson, D.L., J.D. Aber, P.A. Matson, D.J. Card, N. Swanberg, C. Wessman, M.A. Spanner, and  C.A. Hlavka. "Remote sensing of forest canopy and leaf biochemical content." Remote Sensing of the Environment 24: 85-108.
  • 1988 | Livingston, G.P., P.M. Vitousek, and P.A. Matson. "Nitrous oxide flux and nitrogen transformations across a landscape gradient in Amazonia."  Journal of Geophysical Research 93(02): 1593-1599.
  • 1987 | Swanberg, N.A., and P.A. Matson. "The use of airborne imaging spectrometer data to determine experimentally-induced variation in coniferous canopy chemistry."  Proceedings of Third Airborne Imaging Spectrometer Data Analysis Workshop, JPL Publication 87-30, pp 70-74.
  • 1987 | Matson, P.A., F.P. Hain, and W. Mawby. "Susceptibility indices in loblolly pine vary with silvicultural treatment." Forest Ecology and Management 22: 107-118.
  • 1987 | Vitousek, P.M., L.R. Walker, L.D Whitaker, D. Mueller-Dombois, and P.A. Matson. "Biological invasion by Myrica faya alters ecosystem development in Hawaii." Science 238: 802-804.
  • 1987 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Cross-system comparisons of soil nitrogen transformationas and nitrous oxide flux in tropical forest ecosystems." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 1: 163-170.
  • 1987 | Mooney, H.A., P.M. Vitousek, and P.A. Matson. "Exchange of materials between the biosphere and atmosphere." Science 238: 926-932.
  • 1987 | Burke, I.C., W.A Reiners, D.L. Sturges, and P.A. Matson. "Herbicide treatment effects on properties of mountain big sagebrush soils after 14 years." Soil Science Society of America Journal 51: 1337-1343.
  • 1987 | Waring, RH., I. Cromack, Jr., P.A. Matson, R.D. Boone, and S.G. Stafford. "Ecosystem responses to forest dieback:  Decomposition, nutrient availability, and tree vigor." Forestry 60: 219-227.
  • 1987 | Matson, P.A, P.M. Vitousek, J.J. Ewel, M.J. Mazzarino, and G.P. Robertson. "Nitrogen transformations following tropical forest felling and burning on a volcanic soil." Ecology 68: 491-502.
  • 1987 | Robertson, G.P., P.M. Vitousek, P.A. Matson, and J.M. Tiedje. "Dentrification in a clearcut loblolly pine plantation in the Southeastern U.S.:  Differences related to harvest intensity, site preparation, and silvicultural practice." Plant and Soil 97: 119-129.
  • 1987 | Matson, P.A., L.L. Strong, and W.A. Reiners. "Biogeochemical Cycling in Sagebrush Ecosystems." Thematic Mapper Research in the Earth Sciences Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA, pp. 85-90.
  • 1986 | Birk, E.M., and P.A. Matson. "Site fertility affects seasonal carbon reserves in loblolly pine." Tree Physiology 2: 17-27.
  • 1986 | Vitousek, P.M., P.R. Ehrlich, A.J. Ehrlich, and P.A. Matson. "Human appropriation of the products of photosynthesis." Bioscience 36: 368-373.
  • 1986 | Matson, P.A. "Biogeochemical processes in sagebrush ecosystems. Thematic Mapper Research in Earth Sciences Workshop, Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, Sep 3-5.  Goddard Space Flight Center Laboratory for  Terrestrial Physics Publications, pp. 279-293.
  • 1985 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Disturbance, nitrogen availability, and nitrogen losses:  An experimental study in an intensively managed loblolly pine plantation." Ecology 66: 1360-1376.
  • 1985 | Spanner, M.A., D.L. Peterson, W. Acevedo, and P.A. Matson. "High resolution spectrometry of leaf and canopy chemistry for biogeochemical cycling." Proceedings of the Airborne Imaging Spectrometer Data Analsysis Symposium. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
  • 1985 | Vitousek, P.M., and PA. Matson. "Intensive harvest and site preparation decrease nitrogen availability in young plantations." The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 9: 120-125.
  • 1985 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Nitrate losses from disturbed forests:  Causes of delayed nitrate production in two Indiana forests." Forest Science 31: 122-131.
  • 1985 | Matson, P.A., and F.P. Hain. "Host conifer defense strategies:  A hypothesis."  In Proceedings First IUFRO Conference on the Role of Host-Pest Interaction in the Population Dynamics of Forest Insects. September 1983.  Banff, Alberta.
  • 1985 | Hain, F.P., S.P. Cook, P.A. Matson, and K.G. Wilson. "Factors contributing to southern pine beetle host resistance."  In Integrated Pest Management Research Symposium, S.J. Branham and R.C Thatcher (eds). USDA-Forest Service General Technical Report SO-56.
  • 1984 | Vitousek, P.M., and P.A. Matson. "Mechanisms of nitrogen retention in forest ecosystems: A field experiment." Science 225: 51-52.
  • 1984 | Matson, P.A., and R.H. Waring. "Effects of nutrient and light limitation on mountain hemlock:  Susceptibility to laminated root rot." Ecology 65: 1517-1524.
  • 1984 | Matson, P.A., and R.D. Boone. "Nitrogen mineralization and natural disturbance: Wave-form dieback of mountain hemlock in the Oregon Cascades." Ecology 65: 1511-1516.
  • 1983 | Vitousek, P.M., H.L.  Allen, and P.A. Matson. "Impacts of management practices on soil nitrogen status." In Maintaining Site Productivity in Pine Plantation Management. Proceedings of Appalachian Society of American Foresters.  Myrtle Beach, S.C. pp. 25-39.
  • 1983 | Binkley, D., and P.A. Matson. "An evaluationof an ion exchange resin bag method for assessing forest soil nitrogen availability." Soil Science Society of America Journal 47: 1050-1052.
  • 1981 | Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. "Nitrogen mineralization and nitrification potentials following clearcutting in the Hoosier National Forest, Indiana." Forest Science 27: 781-791.
    Advisees Receiving Degrees: 
    • 2009 | Jason Funk: Carbon Farming in New Zealand; An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Indigenous Reforestation as a Land-Use System, Ph.D. (Environmental Defense Fund)
    • 2009 | Eve Hinckley: Biogeochemical and Hydrologic Sulfur Dynamics in an Agricultural Systems, Ph.D. (University of Colorado, Boulder)
    • 2008 | Kimberly Nicholas Cahill: Global Change in Local Places: Climate Change and the Future of the Wine Industry in Sonoma and Napa, California, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)
    • 2008 | Toby Ahrens: Increasing Regional Nitrogen Use Efficiency: Opportunities and constraints, Ph.D. (BioProcessAlgae)
    • 2007 | Jessica Kelleher: Changes in Soil Organic Matter Chemistry across a Mesic to Wet Precipitation Gradient in a Hawaiian Forest, M.S. (Council on Environmental Quality)
    • 2006 | Caroline Nielsen: Nitrogen-Fixing Trees Alter the Composition and Function of Soil., Ph.D. (Cabrini College)
    • 2006 | J. Michael Beman: The Microbial Biogeochemisry of Nitrogen in the Coastal Ocean: Interactions at thr Interface of the Yaqui Valley-Gulf of California, Mexico, Ph.D. (University of California, Merced)
    • 2005 | David Lobell: A Remote Sensing Approach to Understand Controls on Cropland Productivity, Ph.D. (Stanford University)
    • 2003 | Karen Carney: The influence of Plant Diversity and Land Use on the Composition and Function of Soil Microbial Communities., Ph.D. (Stratus Consulting)
    • 2003 | Amy Luers: Theory to Practice of Vulnerability Assessments, Applied to the Yaqui Valley Region of Sonora, Mexico.", Ph.D. (Skoll Global Threats Fund)
    • 2003 | John Harrison: Land Use Change, Coastal Nitrogen Loading, and Greenhouse Gases in the Developing Subtropics: A Case Study, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Vancouver)
    • 2002 | Kathleen Lohse: Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Losses of Nitrogen in Tropical Forests Receiving N Inputs, Ph.D. (Idaho State University)
    • 1999 | Edward Schuur: Carbon Cycling in Wet Tropical Forests, Ph.D. (University of Florida)
    • 1998 | Sharon Hall: Nitrogen Trace Gase Emissions following Nitrogen Deposition in Tropical Forests, Ph.D. (Arizona State University)
    • 1997 | Laurie Osher: Carbon Cycling and Land Use Change, Ph.D. (Unknown)
    Advisee Publications: 
      • 2011 | Hinckley, E.S., and P.A. Matson. "Transformations, transport, and potential unintended consequences of high sulfur inputs to Napa Valley vineyards." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(34): 14005-14010, doi 10.1073/pnas.1110741108.
      • 2011 | Hinckley, E.S., S. Fendorf, and P.A. Matson. "Short-term fates of high sulfur inputs in Northern California vineyard soils." Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 89(1): 135-142, doi: 10.1007/s10705-010-9383-3.
      • 2010 | Ahrens, T.E, D.B. Lobell, J.I. Ortiz-Monasterio, Y. Li, and P.A. Matson. "Narrowing the agronomic yield gap with improved nitrogen use efficiency: a modeling approach." Ecological Applications 20(1): 91-100.
      • 2008 | Ahrens, T.D., J.M. Beman, J.A. Harrison, P.K. Jewett, and P.A. Matson. "A synthesis of nitrogen transformations and transfers from land to the sea in the Yaqui Valley agricultural region of northwest Mexico." Water Resources Research 44, W00A05, doi: 10.1029/2007WR006661.
      • 2005 | Lobell, D.B. J.I. Ortiz-Monasterio, G.P. Asner, P.A. Matson, R.L. Naylor, and W.P. Falcon. "Analysis of wheat yield and climatic trends in Mexico." Field Crops Research 94: 250-256.
      • 2005 | Beman, J.M., K.R. Arrigo, and P.A. Matson. "Agricultural runoff fuels large phytoplankton blooms in vulnerable areas of the ocean." Nature 434: 211-214.
      • 2003 | Osher, L.J., P.A. Matson, and R. Amundson. "Effect of land use change on soil carbon in Hawaii." Biogeochemistry 65(2): 213-232.
      • 2003 | Hall, S.J., and P.A. Matson. "Nutrient status of tropical rain forests influences soil N dynamics after N additions." Ecological Monographs 73(1): 107-129.
      • 2001 | Schuur, E.A.G., O.A. Chadwick, and P.A. Matson. "Carbon cycling and soil carbon storage in mesic to wet Hawaiian montane forests." Ecology 82(1): 3182-3196
      • 2001 | Schuur, E.A.G., and P.A. Matson. "Aboveground net primary productivity and nutrient cycling across a mesic to wet precipitation gradient in Hawaiian montane forest." Oecologia 128: 431-442.
      • 2000 | Schuur, E.A.G. and P.A. Matson. "Land use change: Global effects of local changes." In Earth System Science: Patterns and Processes, W.G. Ernst (ed). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
      • 2000 | Harrison, J., and P. Matson. "The atmosphere as global commons." In The Commons Revisited: An American Perspective, J. Burger et al (eds). Washington, DC: Island Press.
      • 1999 | Hall, S.J., and P.A. Matson. "Nitrogen oxide emissions following nitrogen additions in tropical forests." Nature 400: 152-155.
      Research Activities: 

      I study the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements between soil, water, and atmosphere, focusing primarily on the effects of land use and climate change in tropical forest and agricultural systems. Together with hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, economists and agronomists, my students and I analyze the economic drivers and environmental consequences of land use and resource use decisions, with the objective of identifying practices that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We also evaluate management strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop indicators of vulnerability to global climate change.

      Teaching Activities: 

      I teach courses and lecture for graduate and undergraduate students on global environmental change and sustainable agriculture. I also co-teach a field course on interdisciplinary methods for the study of ecosystem processes.

      Professional Activities: 

      Chair, NRC Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change (2008-present); member, NRC Committee on America's Climate Choices; Richard W. Lyman Award (2005); leader, Stanford Environmental Initiative (2004-present); director, Aldo Leopold Leadership Program (2004-present); trustee, World Wildlife Fund (2003-present); McMurtry University Fellow for Undergraduate Education (2002); co-chair, NAS Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability (2002-present); founding editor-in-chief, Annual Review of Environment and Resources (2002-present); president, Ecological Society of America (2001-2003); Provost's Committee on the Environment (1999-present); director, Earth Systems Program (1999-2002); fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997); MacArthur Fellowship (1995-2000); election to National Åcademy of Sciences (1994); election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992)

      Research Keywords: 
      Biogeochemistry; Agriculture; Land Cover Change; Sustainable Development
      First Name: 
      Pamela
      Other Affiliations: 
      School of Earth Sciences, Dean
      Last Name: 
      Matson
      Office Location: 
      Mitchell Bldg  101
      Mail Code: 
      2210
      Phone: 
      650-723-2750
      SuNet ID: 
      pmatson
      Stanford E-mail: 
      pmatson@stanford.edu