Plenary Speaker

Peter Vitousek, Stanford University, USA

Peter Vitousek

Peter Vitousek is the Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University, USA. His research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian society before European contact; and more generally using the extraordinary ecosystems of Hawaii as models for understanding how the world works; supporting agronomists in China in their development of high-yielding but low-impact cropping systems; and determining the effects of invasive species on the workings of whole ecosystems. Peter is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the 2010 Japan Prize. He is director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and co-director of the First Nations Futures Institute.

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