Christopher Bower Field
Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology
Researcher in field of global ecology. Develops diverse approaches to quantifying large-scale ecosystem processes using satellites, atmospheric data, models, and census data. With these techniques, explored global-scale patterns of vegetation-climate feedbacks, carbon cycle dynamics, primary production, forest management, and fire. Work includes development of evolutionary approach to understanding the spatial organization of plant canopies and the adaptive significance of leaf aging. Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delegation that received Nobel Peace Prize (2007); will lead next IPCC assessment on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.