Pamela Matson currently works for the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences. Her research focuses on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements through soil, water, and the atmosphere. She is also interested in greenhouse gas management and the mitigation of climate change and is a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment. Her M.S. is in environmental science, and her PhD is in forest ecology. At the time of her 1990 talk, Dr. Matson worked for the Ames Research Center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with a focus on ecology.