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Terry Chapin (full name is F. Stuart Chapin, III) is Professor Emeritus of Ecology in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he joined the faculty in 1973. Most of his research is about the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He is especially interested in ways that communities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term in spite of rapid climatic and social changes.
Through his research, he tries to understand how climate, ecology, and subsistence resources are likely to change in the future. This information should enable people to make more informed choices about options for long-term sustainability. He is also interested in earth stewardship—ways in which society can proactively shape transformations toward a more sustainable trajectory through actions that enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. This requires engagement of broad segments of society and people who share these concerns, such as communities of faith.