Dr. Woodwell has published more than 300 papers and has contributed articles to Science, Scientific American, BioScience, Nature, Ecology, and the Journal of Ecology, among many. He has edited books on the effects of nuclear war, the global carbon cycle, biotic impoverishment, and satellite imagery used in measuring the area of forests globally. His books include Forests in a Full World; Carbon and the Biosphere; The Earth in Transition: Patterns and Processes of Biotic Impoverishment; and Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System: Will the Warming Feed the Warming? His most recent book, published in 2016, is A World to Live In: An Ecologist’s Vision for a Plundered Planet.
Dr. Woodwell established the Woods Hole Research Center (now Woodwell Climate Research Center) in 1985. Prior to that, he was founder and director of the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories. He co-founded the Environmental Defense Fund and is currently an honorary member of its board of trustees. He was a founding trustee and continues to serve on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Additionally, Dr. Woodwell is a former chairman of the board of trustees and currently a member of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, a founding trustee of the World Resources Institute, and former president of the Ecological Society of America.
Dr. Woodwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 1996 Heinz Environmental Prize, the John H. Chafee Excellence in Environmental Affairs Award of 2000, and the Volvo Environment Prize of 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, received his master’s degree and doctorate in botany from Duke University, and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1953.