Nationality: U.S. American
Country of residence: U.S.A.
Discipline: Environmental science
Born in: 1953
Dr. Matson holds a Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in Biology and Literature from the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), a Master degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a Doctorate in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University, and honorary doctorates from Princeton, McGill and Arizona State Universities. She spent ten years as a research scientist with NASA-Ames Research Center before moving to a professorship at the University of California Berkeley and, in 1997, to Stanford University. She holds honorary doctorates from Princeton, McGill and Arizona State Universities.
Past and current positions
Dr. Matson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Director of the Change Leadership for Sustainability, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. In this role, she leads the graduate program on Sustainability Science and Practice. Her research addresses 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. From 2002-2017, she served as dean of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, building interdisciplinary departments and educational programs focused on resources, environment and sustainability, as well as co-leading university-wide interdisciplinary initiatives.