"...the substance is ripe for harvesting."
"This book...provides ample evidence that moving towards sustainability requires the successful identification, assessment and management of risk and uncertainty...it is knowledge-intensive."
(Andrew Bennett Experimental Agriculture
"[This book] tells the 'human-environment' story of agriculture in this valley between 1993 and 2008....The contributors/researchers try to understand not only the challenges to the people and ecosystems of the valley, but how to address those challenges."
“Matson has provided a pathway for use-inspired, place-based research grounded in the realities of a historically important region. The book is destined to become a classic and oft-cited resource in the growing sustainability science literature.”
"Seeds of Sustainability would make a great book for introducing the ideals and complexity of sustainability to young scientists and curious citizens."
(Natural Areas Journal
Winner of the 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award. The award recognizes a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. From the committee's decision: "...cutting edge...rigorous...demonstrates both originality and critical reflectiveness...almost uniquely in our collective experience, it speaks seriously, frankly, and insightfully to the challenges of institutionalizing the sort of work it reports on."
(ESA Sustainability Science Award
About the Author
Pamela Matson was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley at the beginning of the Yaqui Valley research project. She then moved to Stanford University, becoming the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy in the Institute for International Studies. She is currently Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment.