Biology Professor Christopher B. Field, one of the world’s preeminent climate scientists and founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford, has been appointed to serve as the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Field has been deeply involved with national and international efforts to advance science and assessment related to global ecology and climate change. His research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global.
Field will succeed Jeffrey Koseff and Barton “Buzz” Thompson, who have led Woods, an interdisciplinary institute for research on the environment and sustainability, since its was established in 2004 as the Stanford Institute for the Environment. The institute was renamed the Stanford Woods Institute in 2006 in honor of Priscilla and Ward Woods, ’64. Field will assume the directorship on September 1, 2016.