Laureates of the Japan Prize


Prof. Peter Vitousek

2010 (26th) Japan Prize Laureate

Biological Production and Environment
Contributions to solving global environmental issues based on the analysis of nitrogen and other substances' cycles
Commemorative Lecture
A Slice of Life; 50 Years of Emission Tomography
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: January 24 1949
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
Title: Professor of Biology, Stanford University
Major Publications:
  1. Peter M. Vitousek (1982) Nutrient Cycling and Nutrient Use Efficiency. Am Nat. 119, pp. 553.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Peter M. Vitousek & R W. Howarth (1991) Nitrogen limitation on land and in the sea: How can it occur? Biogeochemistry 13: 87-115
  5. 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.
  6. Peter M. Vitousek, Harold A. Mooney, Jane Lubchenco, Jerry M. Melillo. (1997) Human Domination of Earth's Ecosystems. Science 277, 494-499.
  7. Peter M. Vitousek (2004) Nutrient Cycling and Limitation: Hawai'i as a Model System. Princeton University Press.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
Major Honors and Awards:
  • Pew Scholar in Conservation and Environment (1990)
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (1992)
  • W.S. Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America (1992)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993)
  • R.H. MacArthur Award, Ecological Society of America (1993)
  • Time/CNN America's Best Ecologist (2002)
  • Marsh Ecology Book Award, British Ecological Society (2005)
  • Award for Scientific Reviewing, National Academy of Sciences (2006)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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