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Professor Pamela Matson

Professor Pamela Matson, Stanford University

Tellus Mater Distinguished Fellow in Sustainability Studies 2019

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PAMELA MATSON is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organizational strategist. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems and vulnerability and resilience of particular people and places to climate change.  With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while improving human wellbeing.

She served on the US National Academy of Science Board on Sustainable Development and co-wrote the NRC volume Our Common Journey:  A transtion toward sustainability. She was the founding chair of the National Academieson Science and Technology for Sustainability, and founding editor for the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. She is a past President of the Ecological Society of America, and currently serves as vice-chair of the board of the World Wildlife Fund and on the boards of the ClimateWorks Foundation,  the California Academy of Sciences, and several university advisory boards. Her recent publications (among around 200) include Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution and Pursuing Sustainability.

Professor Matson is an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a AAAS Fellow.  She received a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award and jointly received the Nobel Prize for contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, among other awards and recognitions.

Matson is Dean Emerita of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, which she led from 2002-2017; Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies; and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. She received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Indiana University, and Oregon State University.

The WEIDENFELD-HOFFMANN TRUST is an educational charity set up by the late Lord Weidenfeld and its chairman André Hoffmann. The Trust provides around thirty graduate scholarships a year for young people from developing and emerging economies to study at Oxford and participate in a specially created Leadership Programme which gives them the tools to return to their countries and make a difference in whichever sphere they can. The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust is the largest philanthropic scholarship supported by Oxford University. Since 2007, 239 scholars from 66 countries have benefited from this programme. For more information please visit: and follow on twitter and instagram.

HUMANITAS is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to the University to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by the late Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust with the support of a series of generous benefactors.

The Tellus Mater Distinguished Fellowship is managed by the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) in cooperation with the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.  


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