Matthew Larsen Named Director of STRI

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Matthew C. Larsen, associate director for climate and land use change at the U.S. Geological Survey, was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, effective August 11, 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Larsen was the U.S. Geological Survey Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change, where he led science programs focused on climate change, land use change, and a national ecological carbon sequestration assessment. Additionally, Dr. Larsen managed the Landsat satellite program and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Larsen led U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources programs and served as Chair of the US National Committee for UNESCO International Hydrological Programme. Larsen's 90+ publications are in the fields of natural hazards, water resources, climate change, ecosystem services, and marine geology. Dr. Larsen earned a B.S. in Geology from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and a PhD in Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Larsen retired in 2020 and was named Director Emeritus.


  • Larsen, Matthew C
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


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Smithsonian Institution News Release, Matthew Larsen Named Director of Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, August 2, 2014.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 11, 2014





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