DGE Researcher Profile

Chris Field

Title: Director
Lab: Field
Phone: 650-319-8024
curriculum vitae

Research Summary

Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. He has, for two decades, led major experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change. Field has been deeply involved with national and international scale efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change. He is co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2012 led the effort on the IPCC Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and which is currently working on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, scheduled for release in 2014. He is a recipient of a Heinz Award and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Field is a fellow of the American academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America. Field received his PhD from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.



Anderegg, W. R. L., L. Plavcová, L. D. L. Anderegg, U. G. Hacke, J. A. Berry, and C. B. Field. 2013. Drought's legacy: multiyear hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen forest die-off and portends increased future risk. Global Change Biology 19:1188-1196.

Shaman, J., S. Solomon, R. R. Colwell, and C. B. Field. 2013. Fostering advances in interdisciplinary climate science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:3653-3656.

Georgescu, M., D. B. Lobell, C. B. Field, and A. Mahalov. 2013. Simulated hydroclimatic impacts of projected Brazilian sugarcane expansion. Geophysical Research Letters 10.1002/grl.50206


Gutknecht, J. L. M., C. B. Field, and T. C. Balser. 2012. Microbial communities and their responses to simulated global change fluctuate greatly over multiple years. Global Change Biology 18:2256-2269.

DeFries, R. S., E. C. Ellis, F. S. C. III, P. A. Matson, B. L. T. II, A. Agrawal, P. J. Crutzen, C. Field, P. Gleick, P. M. Kareiva, E. Lambin, D. Liverman, E. Ostrom, P. A. Sanchez, and J. Syvitski. 2012. Planetary Opportunities: A Social Contract for Global Change Science to Contribute to a Sustainable Future. BioScience 62:603-606.

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Berry, D. D. Smith, J. S. Sperry, L. D. L. Anderegg, and C. B. Field. 2012. The roles of hydraulic and carbon stress in a widespread climate-induced forest die-off. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:233-237.

Dahlin, K. M., G. P. Asner, and C. B. Field. 2012. Environmental filtering and land-use history drive patterns in biomass accumulation in a mediterranean-type landscape. Ecological Applications 22:104-118.

IPCC. 2012. Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation. C. B. Field, V. Barros, T. F. Stocker, D. Qin, D. Dokken, K. Ebi, M. Mastrandrea, K. Mach, G. Plattner, and S. Allen, editors, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA.

Doughty, C. E., S. R. Loarie, and C. B. Field. 2012. Theoretical Impact of Changing Albedo on Precipitation at the Southernmost Boundary of the ITCZ in South America. Earth Interactions 16:1-14.

Kunreuther, H., G. Heal, M. Allen, O. Edenhofer, C. B. Field, and G. Yohe. 2012. Risk Management and Climate Change. National Bureau of Economic Research. Working paper 18607.

Asner, G. P., D. E. Knapp, J. Boardman, R. O. Green, T. Kennedy-Bowdoin, M. Eastwood, R. E. Martin, C. Anderson, and C. B. Field. 2012. Carnegie Airborne Observatory-2: Increasing science data dimensionality via high-fidelity multi-sensor fusion. Remote Sensing of Environment 124:454-465.

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Berry, and C. B. Field. 2012. Linking definitions, mechanisms, and modeling of drought-induced tree death. Trends in Plant Science 17:693-700.


Wolf, A., C. B. Field, and J. A. Berry. 2011. Allometric growth and allocation in forests: a perspective from FLUXNET. Ecological Applications 21:1546-1556.

Wolf, A., P. Ciais, V. Bellassen, N. Delbart, C. B. Field, and J. A. Berry. 2011. Forest biomass allometry in global land surface models. Global Biogeochem. Cycles 25:GB3015.

Niboyet, A., X. Le Roux, P. Dijkstra, B. Hungate, L. Barthes, J. Blankinship, J. Brown, C. Field, and P. Leadley. 2011. Testing interactive effects of global environmental changes on soil nitrogen cycling. Ecosphere 2.

Niboyet, A., J. R. Brown, P. Dijkstra, J. C. Blankinship, P. W. Leadley, X. Le Roux, L. Barthes, R. L. Barnard, C. B. Field, and B. A. Hungate. 2011. Global Change Could Amplify Fire Effects on Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions. PLoS ONE 6:e20105.

Loarie, S. R., D. B. Lobell, G. P. Asner, Q. Mu, and C. B. Field. 2011. Direct impacts on local climate of sugar-cane expansion in Brazil. Nature Clim. Change 1:105-109.

Loarie, S. R., D. B. Lobell, G. P. Asner, and C. B. Field. 2011. Land-Cover and Surface Water Change Drive Large Albedo Increases in South America*. Earth Interactions 15:1-16.

Georgescu, M., D. B. Lobell, and C. B. Field. 2011. Direct climate effects of perennial bioenergy crops in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:10.1073/pnas.1008779108.

Bonebrake, T. C., R. T. Navratil, C. L. Boggs, S. Fendorf, C. B. Field, and P. R. Ehrlich. 2011. Native and Non-Native Community Assembly through Edaphic Manipulation: Implications for Habitat Creation and Restoration. Restoration Ecology 19:doi: 10.1111/j.1526-1100X.2010.00768.x.

Lobell, D., A. Torney, and C. Field. 2011. Climate extremes in California agriculture. Climatic Change 109:DOI: 10.1007/s10584-10011-10304-10585.

Lobell, D. and C. Field. 2011. California perennial crops in a changing climate. Climatic Change 109:DOI: 10.1007/s10584-10011-10303-10586.

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