Pamela Matson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary Earth scientist who studies chemical interactions among soils, water, and atmosphere, and she works with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and decision makers to develop land management approaches that make sense economically and environmentally. Working mostly in the tropics, she and her colleagues have identified the negative consequences of deforestation and intensive agriculture for the global and local atmosphere and water systems, and are working to develop new approaches that reduce those impacts while maintaining human livelihoods. Matson was selected a MacArthur Fellow in 1995, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves as the dean of Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences.