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Chris Field with a student
(Photo credit: Linda A. Cicero)

Chris Field

Director of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor of Earth System Science, Biology

October 24, 2017

Drive a few minutes west from campus and you hit Stanford’s 1,198 acre Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, a protected space that provides a natural laboratory for researchers, educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and refuge to native plants and animals. Stanford Earth Professor Chris Field is a founder and principal investigator of the Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment, one of the longest-running climate change studies, that has been testing how the grasslands would respond to possible future climates.

"In a half-hour walk you can pass through a half-dozen ecosystems," Field said. "The preserve is a bouquet of the richness of planet Earth."