F. Stuart Chapin III

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F. Stuart Chapin III (born February 2, 1944) is a professor of Ecology at the Department of Biology and Wildlife of the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska. He was President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) from August 2010 until 2011.[1]

The grandson of sociologist F. Stuart Chapin, Chapin III is better known to students and colleagues as 'Terry.' Chapin also serves as principal investigator of the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, and has a background in plant physiological ecology and ecosystem ecology. His current research interests focus on the resilience of social-ecological systems. As director of the graduate educational program in Resilience and Adaptation at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Chapin studies human-fire interactions in the boreal forest. As President of ESA, he plans to address the "critical issue" of planetary stewardship.[2] With Mary Power and Steward Pickett, Chapin is leading a Planetary Stewardship initiative “whose goal is to reorient society toward a more sustainable relationship with the biosphere.”[3]

Academic career[edit]

1966 BA in Biology, Swarthmore College
1966–1968 Visiting Instructor in Biology (Peace Corps) Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
1973 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Stanford University
1973–1984 Assistant/Assoc. Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
1981–1983 Assistant Director, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
1984–1989 Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
1989–1998 Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
1996- Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks



  1. ^ Ecological Society of America (ESA) website, retrieved January 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Ecological Society of America, press release dated September 23, 2010, retrieved January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ ESA Urban Ecology Section newsletter June 2010, retrieved January 26, 2011. (Dead link; alternative link: ResearchGate. Retrieved 27 September 2016.)
  4. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter C" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

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