Christopher Field, Ph.D.

Director, Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institute of Washington

Professor, Stanford University





Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. He has, for two decades, led major experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change.  Field has served on many national and international committees related to global ecology and climate change.  In September, 2008, he was elected co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently produced (along with Working Group I) the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”.   He is a recipient of a Heinz Award, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Field received his PhD from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.