Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist at Stanford University. She is the Goldman Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment and served for 15 years as the dean of Stanford’s School of Earth. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, sustainability of complex social-environmental systems (including agricultural systems), vulnerability and resilience to climate change, and knowledge-action linkages that can contribute to sustainability transformations at scale.
She is co-chair of the World Wildlife Fund-US board of directors and has served on numerous national and international boards, steering committees and commissions. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a MacArthur Award recipient, and has received many other honorary fellowships, doctorates and awards.