Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Chapin, F. Stuart
Location University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Primary Field Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Secondary Field Human Environmental Sciences
 Election Citation
Chapin has been a leading force in bringing a mechanistic approach to the study of ecosystem dynamics. Focusing on Alaska, his work has provided us with a new capacity for predicting ecosystem change through successional and evolutionary time, and it has enhanced our understanding of how ecosystems respond to global change.
 Research Interests
Chapin's research addresses the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He explores ways that communities and agencies can increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. In this way, society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future. He pursues this internationally through the Resilience Alliance, nationally through the Ecological Society of America, and in Alaska through partnerships with rural indigenous communities.

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