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Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organisational strategist. She is Dean emerita of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Pamela Matson is taking part in the Nobel Prize Summit’s academic science sessions.

Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organisational strategist. Dean emerita of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, she is the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment, and leads Stanford’s graduate program on Sustainability Science and Practice.

Her research has addressed a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems, vulnerability and resilience of particular people and places to climate change, and characteristics of science that can contribute to sustainability transitions at scale. Her recent publications (among around 200) include ‘Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution’ (2012) and ‘Pursuing Sustainability’ (2016).  She is chair of the World Wildlife Fund-US board of directors, and chairs or participates in several other advisory boards.  She has led and engaged in numerous international science efforts, is an elected member of the US National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received a MacArthur Foundation award among other awards and honorary doctorates.