Professor Stephen Pacala currently holds the Frederick D. Petrie Chair in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute.
He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford in 1982 and after ten years on the faculty at the University of Connecticut, he moved to Princeton in 1992. His research focuses on forests and the global carbon cycle. He also directs, with Robert Socolow, Princeton's Carbon Mitigation Initiative, which is aimed at finding solutions to the greenhouse warming problem.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.