Dr Chapin is a faculty member in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he directs the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER). He received his B.A. in biology at Swarthmore College in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Biology at Stanford University in 1973.His research focuses on ecosystem ecology and on the resilience of social-ecological systems. His ecological research addresses the consequences of plant traits for ecosystem and global processes, particularly vegetation effects on nutrient cycling, fire regime and biodiversity. He also studies vegetation-mediated feedbacks to high-latitude climate warming, as mediated by changes in water and energy exchange. His research on social-ecological systems emphasizes the resilience of northern regions to recent changes in climate and fire regime. This research entails studies of human and climatic effects on fire regime, the resulting effects on ecosystem services, wages and cultural integrity, and the effects of local opinions about fire and national fire policy on the fire policies developed and implemented at regional scales. Most of his current research focuses on Alaska and eastern Siberia.
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