For three decades, Chris Field has pioneered novel approaches to ecosystem research to understand climate and environmental changes. He is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus—home to a small, but remarkably productive team of researchers who investigate the basics of climate change. Field has authored more than 200 scientific publications and is cochair of the U. N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2. The IPCC Fourth Assessment, for which Field was a coordinating author, was published in 2007. He was coeditor of the March 2012 IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), and he is overseeing the Working Group 2 report on the predicted impacts of climate change for the IPCC Fifth Assessment, published in 2014.
Field routinely testifies before U. S. Congressional committees and is a world-renowned “go to” expert on climate science and sustainability. He is sought by major media outlets to explain his work and comment on the work of other researchers. He interviews have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, CNN and leading news and science radio programs.
Field’s research looks at the interactions among the climate, the carbon cycle, and ecosystem processes, from the molecular to the global scale. His work includes major field experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change, integrative studies on the global carbon cycle, and assessments of impacts of climate change on agriculture. His model research includes studies on the global distribution of carbon sources and sinks and studies on environmental consequences of expanding reliance on biomass for energy supply.
Field received his A.B in biology from Harvard and his Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University. In 2013 he was awarded one of Germany’s most prestigious prizes, the Max Planck Research Prize. He is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and was elected Member, US National Academy of Sciences in 2001. In 2000, he was selected by the Ecological Society of America as the Aldo Leopold Fellow among other honors. Learn more at http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/fieldlab/