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International Environmental Science Leader
and UW-Eau Claire Alumna to Speak
on Campus April 28

RELEASED: April 7, 2005

Dr. Pam MatsonEAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumna who is an international leader in the area of environmental science will talk about environmental issues during a visit to campus April 28.

Dr. Pam Matson, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire biology and English graduate and the current dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, will give a public lecture, titled "Reconciling the Needs of People and the Planet in the 21st Century." The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in room 007 of Phillips Science Hall on lower campus.

In addition to the evening lecture, Matson will lead a technical seminar for biology students during the afternoon. Matson's visit to campus is part of the Biology Department Seminar Series, sponsored by Marshfield Clinic.

"Dr. Matson is one of the world's experts on the effects of natural and human caused atmospheric changes, which play a role in global warming," said UW-Eau Claire Provost Ron Satz, who visited Matson in 2002 on the Stanford campus. "Through her extensive research, she's helping address environmental issues of international concern. We're thrilled that she's returning to UW-Eau Claire to share her knowledge and experiences with the campus and greater Eau Claire communities."

UW-Eau Claire honored Matson's accomplishments in 1996, presenting her with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the university's highest alumni honor.

Matson joined Stanford University in 1997 and was appointed Chester Naramore dean of the School of Earth Sciences in December 2002. She also is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman professor of environmental studies in the department of geological and environmental sciences and is the co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at the Institute of International Studies. She also is the Victoria P. and Roger W. Sant Director of the Earth Systems Degree Program and the co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy.

A 1995 winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, Matson is past president of the Ecological Society of America and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also chairs the National Research Council's Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.

Matson serves on the board of trustees of several institutions, including the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the National Parks Conservation Association, and participates in other national and international committees.

Until 1993, Matson was a research scientist at NASA/Ames Research Center. From 1993-1997, she was a professor of ecosystem ecology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Matson's current research studies biogeochemical and ecological processes in forest and agricultural systems. Much of the research focuses on the effects of land use change and other human caused changes in biogeochemical processes and trace gas exchanges in tropical ecosystems. Together with hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, economists and agronomists, she analyzes the economic drivers and environmental consequences of land use and resource use decisions in developing world agricultural and natural ecosystems, with the objective of identifying practices that are economically and environmentally sustainable. The research focuses primarily on agricultural and other land use issues in the Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico. The goal is to understand processes that link components of the system, and develop tools and approaches that allow managers to make sustainable choices in development and resource use across the entire Valley.

Matson earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, her master's degree from Indiana University and her doctoral degree from Oregon State University.

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