As the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, Field's research emphasizes field and laboratory studies of impacts of climate disruption, from the molecular to the global scale. Field’s research has been recognized with several American and international awards, including the Max Planck Research Award and the Roger Revelle Medal, and with election to learned societies, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Using this expertise, Field has been co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which has led the effort on many instrumental reports about climate disruption.
Field received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.
Dr. Chris Field is the recipient of the 2015 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Communication.