Peter Vitousek

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Peter Vitousek, born January 24, 1949, Honolulu, Hawaii. Vitousek is at the forefront of research on biological diversity, his research focus is Hawaii. His Stanford Lab is studying nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems as well as the effects of invasions by exotic species.

Named in 2001 by CNN and TIME magazine as one of America's Best in Science and Medicine.

Peter M. Vitousek is Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies at Stanford University.


  • Bachelor of arts degree, Amherst College, 1971;
  • doctorate in biological sciences, Dartmouth College, 1975.

External Links

  • Dorfman, Andrea and Kluger, Jeffrey. Ecosystems Analyst: Peter Vitousek studies the entire planet by carefully observing what's happening to Hawaii TIME magazine, Aug. 20, 2001.
  • The Vitousek Lab Stanford University.
  • An Interview with Peter Vitousek Environment Hawaii, July 2001.
  • Publications of Peter Vitousek Stanford University.
  • Vitousek, Peter M. Nutrient Cycling and Limitation: Hawai'i as a Model System Princeton University Press.
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