Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Prof. Peter Vitousek

Prof. Peter Vitousek

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    24 January 1949

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2010 Japan Prize

Major Honors and Awards

1990 Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment
1992 Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
1992 W.S. Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America
1993 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1993 R.H. MacArthur Award, Ecological Society of America
2002 Time/CNN America's Best Ecologist
2005 Marsh Ecology Book Award, British Ecological Society
2006 Award for Scientific Reviewing, National Academy of Sciences

Academic Degrees

1971 B.A., cum laude in Political Science, Amherst College
1975 Ph.D. in Biology, Dartmouth College

Professional Career

1975-1979 Assistant Professor of Zoology and Biology, Indiana University
1980-1983 Associate Professor of Botany and Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1984-Present Professor of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
1993-Present Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies,
Stanford University


  • Professor of Biology, Stanford University

Major Publications

  • Peter M. Vitousek (1982) Nutrient Cycling and Nutrient Use Efficiency. Am Nat. 119, pp. 553.
  • Peter M. Vitousek, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich and Pamela A. Matson (1986) Human Appropriation of the Products of Photosynthesis. BioScience, 36, 368-373
  • Peter M. Vitousek & L.R. Walker (1989) Biological invasion by Myrica faya in Hawai'i: plant demography, nitrogen fixation, and ecosystem effects. Ecological Monographs 59: 247-265.
  • Peter M. Vitousek & R W. Howarth (1991) Nitrogen limitation on land and in the sea: How can it occur? Biogeochemistry 13: 87-115
  • Peter M. Vitousek, John D. Aber, Robert W. Howarth, Gene E. Likens, Pamela A. Matson, David W. Schindler, William H. Schlesinger, David G. Tilman (1997) Human alteration of the global nitrogen cycle: Sources and consequences. Ecological Applications: 7, 737-750.
  • Peter M. Vitousek, Harold A. Mooney, Jane Lubchenco, Jerry M. Melillo. (1997) Human Domination of Earth's Ecosystems. Science 277, 494-499.
  • Peter M. Vitousek (2004) Nutrient Cycling and Limitation: Hawai'i as a Model System. Princeton University Press.
  • Peter M. Vitousek, T.L. Ladefoged, P.V. Kirch, A.S. Hartshorn, M.W. Graves, S.C. Hotchkiss, S. Tuljapurkar, and O.A. Chadwick (2004) Agriculture, soils, and society in precontact Hawai'i. Science 304: 1665-1669
  • Peter M. Vitousek, R. Naylor, T. Crews, M. B. David, L.E. Drinkwater, E. Holland, P. J. Johnes, J. Katzenberger, L. A. Martinelli, P. A. Matson, G. Nziguheba, D. Ojima, C. A. Palm, G. P. Robertson, P. A. Sanchez, A. R. Townsend, F. S. Zhang (2009) Nutrient Imbalances in Agricultural Development: Science, 324, 1519-1520.
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