Hawai'i conservation alliance

Peter Vitousek

Peter Vitousek was born in Honolulu, and graduated from HPA in 1967. He got his PhD from Dartmouth in 1975, and taught at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of Stanford University in 1984. His research interests include: evaluating the global cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and how they are altered by human activity; determining the effects of invasive species on the workings of whole ecosystems; understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Hawaiian society before European contact; and more generally using the extraordinary ecosystems of Hawai'i as models for understanding how the world works. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.