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Pamela Matson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Department of Environmental Earth System Science in the School of Earth Sciences, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, all at Stanford University. Prior to her arrival to Stanford, she received her B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biology, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1975), after which she went on to earn her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University (1980), and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the Oregon State University (1983).
Pamela Matson studies 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, Matson and her students 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. She also evaluates management strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and developes indicators of vulnerability to global climate change.
Further information about Pamela Matson and her research is available from her website.