Chris Field wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Chris Field
Chris Field has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. (Photo: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment)

CHRIS FIELD, a professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford, has been awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. The award, presented on Jan. 9, comes with a 400,000 euro prize.

In honoring Field, a climate scientist who is co-chair of a United Nations group that will release a major climate change report in March, the BBVA Foundation cited his “visionary research on the global carbon cycle” and his role in “discovering the importance of ecosystems and their effective management in the battle against climate change.” The award recognizes “authors of outstanding contributions and radical advances in a broad range of scientific and technological areas,” according to a BBVA Foundation statement.

Field is a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Center for International Studies. He is also head of the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology.

Read more about Field. Watch a video about his work.