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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science 

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Noel Michele “Missy” Holbrook
Missy Holbrook is professor of biology and the Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her research interests include long-distance transport physiology in plants; root physiology: interactions between uptake and growth; water relations associated with flowering and flower production; biomechanics of growth and development; and factors controlling uptake and movement of water in tropical trees.


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Peter E. Kenmore
Peter Kenmore is an agricultural entomologist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN agency that spearheads international efforts to defeat hunger around the world. Dr. Kenmore is the chief of the Plant Protection Service and co-chairs the Interdepartmental Working Group on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. He led a large international team that developed and implemented a plan for integrated pest management for rice production in Asia. Dr. Kenmore was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1994 for his work in reducing pesticide use around the world. // Read interview transcript


Pamela A. Matson
Pamela Matson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute for Environment at Stanford University. She is an interdisciplinary Earth scientist who studies chemical interactions among soils, water, and atmosphere, and she works with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and decision makers to develop land management approaches that make sense economically and environmentally. Working mostly in the tropics, she and her colleagues have identified the negative consequences of deforestation and intensive agriculture for the global and local atmosphere and water systems, and are working to develop new approaches that reduce those impacts while maintaining human livelihoods. Matson was selected a MacArthur Fellow in 1995, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves as the dean of Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences. // Read interview transcript

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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science 


Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. 2007.
  • ISBN: 1-57680-883-1