Chris Field honored with Max Planck Research Prize

Chris Field. Photo: Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News

Climate scientist CHRIS FIELD, the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford, has been honored with a Max Planck Research Prize for his contributions to expanding our knowledge of the impact and consequences of global warming.

The prize is awarded annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society to one scientist working in Germany and one working in another country. The topic for submissions changes each year, alternating between various fields of science and engineering, the life sciences and the humanities.

This year, Field, who is founding director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science and faculty director of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, shares the prize with MARKUS REICHSTEIN, head of the Department of Biogeochemical Integration at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. Reichstein’s work focuses on how carbon and water systems respond to climate.

Field’s research “builds bridges between the kind of field trials, lab studies and global analysis that are so important in Reichstein’s work with the soil as a climate factor,” the prize announcement said.

The prize ceremony will take place in Berlin in November.

Read the full announcement on the Max Planck Institute website.