Christopher Field

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Christopher B. Field is an American scientist and researcher, who has contributed to the field of climate change. The author of more than 200 scientific publications, Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, 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,[1] and assessments of impacts of climate change on agriculture.[2] Field’s work with models includes studies on the global distribution of carbon sources and sinks, and studies on environmental consequences of expanding biomass energy.[3]

Positions and accolades[edit]

Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology.[4] Field received his PhD from Stanford University in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984. Field is also a Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University,[3] the Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was a coordinating lead author for the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Field has testified before House and Senate committees and has appeared on media from NPR's “Science Friday” to BBC's “Your World Today.” In September 2008, Field was elected co-chair of Working Group 2 of the IPCC, along with Vicente Barros.[5] In 2009, Field was one of ten recipients of the 15th Annual Heinz Award with special focus on the environment.[6]

Also Field received the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change for discovering the importance of ecosystems and their effective management in the battle against climate change. Field’s work has allowed to quantify the global climate impact of deforestation, agriculture and other changes in vegetation cover. And vice versa. It has helped predict how climate change will impact on land ecosystems.

Field currently serves as a co-chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's "Working Group II, impacts, adaptation, vulnerability." [7] In February 2015, the US State Department announced his candidacy to be IPCC Chair.[8]

Field Lab[edit]

Chris Field's lab at Carnegie Science focuses on ecological research from the ecosystem scale to the global scale.[9] They also do a lot of work on the impacts of climate change on various ecosystems, including grasslands and oceans. The Field Lab is also currently working on biomass energy production.[10]


The people in the Field Lab are:[11]

  • Christa Anderson
  • Grayson Badgley
  • Joann de Zegher
  • Yuka Estrada
  • Luis Fernandez
  • Chris Field, Ph.D
  • Patrick Freeman
  • Seth Lalonde
  • Katharine Mach, Ph.D
  • Charlotte Stanton, Ph.D
  • Peter Turner, Ph.D


  1. ^ Ostrom, Elinor; Joanna Burger; Christopher B. Field; Richard B. Norgaard; David Policansky (1999-04-09). "Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges". Science. 284 (5412): 278–282. CiteSeerX doi:10.1126/science.284.5412.278. PMID 10195886.
  2. ^ Field, Christopher; Michael J. Behrenfeld; James T. Randerson; Paul Falkowski (1998-07-10). "Primary Production of the Biosphere: Integrating Terrestrial and Oceanic Components". Science Magazine. 281 (5374): 237–240. doi:10.1126/science.281.5374.237. PMID 9657713.
  3. ^ a b "Christopher Field, PhD". The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  4. ^ "Christopher "Chris" Field". Woods Institute for the Environment. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  5. ^ "Carnegie's Chris Field Elected Co-chair of IPCC Working Group 2". Carnegie Institution for Science. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  6. ^ "Carnegie's Christopher Field To Receive Heinz Award". Carnegie Institution for Science. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  7. ^ IPCC Retrieved 1 June 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ White House (PDF) Retrieved 1 June 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Carnegie Department of Global Ecology". Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  10. ^ "Carnegie Department of Global Ecology". Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  11. ^ "Carnegie Department of Global Ecology". Retrieved 2016-11-10.