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NAKFI Alumni and Leaders
NAKFI Steering Committee on
Ecosystem Services Chair
Stephen R. Carpenter (NAS), University of Wisconsin

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) is pleased to announce that National Academy of Sciences Member Dr. Stephen R. Carpenter has accepted the appointment as chair of the NAKFI Steering Committee on Ecosystem Services. Dr. Carpenter will work with the committee to plan the
2011 Conference on Ecosystem Services, and to award $1 million in Futures Grants – on a competitive basis – to conference attendees.
Stephen Russell (Steve) Carpenter is an ecosystem ecologist known for his leadership of large-scale experiments and adaptive ecosystem management. His work has addressed trophic cascades and their effects on production and nutrient cycling, contaminant cycles, freshwater fisheries, eutrophication, nonpoint pollution, ecological economics of freshwater, and resilience of social-ecological systems. Carpenter serves as the Director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology. He is co-Editor in Chief of Ecosystems, and a member of governing boards for the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies. He chairs the Science Committee for the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society for the International Council of Science. Carpenter is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He has received many awards for distinguished research, including the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography andthe Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America. The Institute for Scientific Information has recognized him as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in Environmental Science. Carpenter is a former President of the Ecological Society of America. From 2000-2005 he served as co-chair of the Scenarios Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He led the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research program at U.W.-Madison from 1999-2009. Carpenter has published 5 books and about 300 scientific papers, book chapters, reviewed reports and commentaries. He received a B.A. from Amherst College (1974), M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976), and Ph.D. from U.W. Madison (1979). From 1979-1989 he served as Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the U.W.-Madison faculty in 1989. A full biographical sketch and publication list may be viewed on the Internet at http://limnology.wisc.edu/personnel/carpenter/.