Affiliation: Institute of Arctic Biology and Dept. of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775.


            B.A. in Biology, Swarthmore College, l966

            Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, l973

Honors Received

Guggenheim Fellowship, l979-l980; Kempe Award for Distinguished Ecologist, 1996 (Univ. of Umea); Hill Professor, 1995 (Univ. of Minnesota); Member-Ecology Institute (Germany) 1986-; Usabelli Award (top researcher in all fields; Univ. of Alaska) 2000; AAAS Fellow 2000; Member Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry 2000; Outstanding faculty member, Univ. of Alaska (selected by students) 2002; Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2002; Member National Academy of Sciences 2004; US Forest Service Wilderness Research Award on behalf of the Resilience and Adaptation Program, 2006; first UAF Distinguished Professor, 2007, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (2011-); first Ecol. Soc. Amer. Recent Advances Lecture, 2007; Fellow, Beijer Inst. of Ecological Economics, 2007; College award for excellence in graduate student mentoring, 2008; Sustainability Science Award, Ecological Society of America, 2008; Dennis Demmert Award for support of Alaska Native students, 2011; Honorary Fellowship of the Sociedad Cientifica Mexicana de Ecologia, 2011; UAF Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012.

Positions Held

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011-, Professor1984-1989 and 1996-2011, Assistant/Assoc. Professor 1973-1984; Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-98; Assistant Director, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1981-1983; Visiting Instructor in Biology (Peace Corps) Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia, 1966-1968.

Professional Activities

National Academy of Sciences

Polar Research Board (1989-93); Global change working group on terrestrial ecosystems, (Chair 1990-93); Global change working group on nutrient and trace gas fluxes (1988-91); Senior Science Advisor: Young Investigator Exchange with Russia (1993-94); NRC Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (2008); NRC Panel on Climate Change Adaptation (2009-10); NRC Climate Change Education Roundtable (2010- ); NRC Board on Environmental Change and Society (2012-); US Natl Committee for DIVERSITAS (2012-)

International Committees

Global Change in Terres. Ecosys. (GCTE), Science Steering Comm (1993-99)

Global Atmos. Chem. Project (IGAC), High-latitude coord. comm. (1992-95)

International Science Foundation Review Panel: Biospheric Sciences (1993)

National Committees

Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Steering Committee (1998-2002)

ARCSS Land-Atmosphere-Ice Interact. Steering Comm. (1990- 2002); chair (1998-2002)

Editorial Boards 

Ecology and Ecological Monographs (1982-1985); Tree Physiology (1986-88); Oecologia (1985-96); American Naturalist (1990-93); Ecology Series, Academic Press (1988-05); Conservation Ecology (1995-00); Ecosystems (1996-99); Ecology and Society (2003-11); PNAS, Sustainability Science (2012-)

Ecological Society of America

Mercer Awards Committee (1988-1991; Chair 1989-1991); Eminent Ecologist Awards Committee (1993-96); Council Member at Large (1992-1994); Sustainability Science Award (Chair 2003-06); President (2010-11).

Advisory Boards

Inst. of Arctic and Alpine Research (1989-96); Glacier Bay Science Board 1988-94); National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (1995-98); H.J. Andrews LTER (2001-04); LTER Network, National Advisory Board (2006-09); International Arctic Research Center Advisory Board (2005-11); Board member, Resilience Alliance (2006-11); Beijer Inst. Of Ecological Economics Advisory Board (2012-)


Resilience and Adaptation Program (IGERT, Univ. of Alaska) (2001-11); Principal Investigator, Bonanza Creek LTER site (1996-2010)

Climate Policy Advisory Groups

IPCC 2004, 2007; Co-chair Arctic Transform (European Union and Heinz Center) working group on global arctic governance; NRC Panel on America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change; Member of Alaska Governor’s Sub-cabinet on Climate Change Adaptation; Collaborative discussion with regional and community tribal organizations in Alaska to develop climate-change adaptation options; US National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee (2011-); IPCC review 2012.

Useful Links

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
Chapin, Matson, Vitousek, 2011
2nd edition
Textbook ordering information

Powerpoints for Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology (for 2nd edition)
Chapin papers in PDF format
Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship
Chapin, Kofinas, Folke 2009
Textbook ordering information

Powerpoints for Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship
Bonanza Creek Long-term Ecological Research Site (LTER)
Resilience and Adaptation Program
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Institute of Arctic Biology
Russian Collaborations