Janet Larsen is the Director of Research and one of the incorporators of the Earth Policy Institute, an independent environmental research organization based in Washington, DC. She is a co-author of The Earth Policy Reader and has written on topics ranging from natural resource availability to population growth and climate change. Her research has been translated into various languages and featured in a number of print, online, and radio publications. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute in 2001, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs. Janet holds a degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University. She has conducted ecology fieldwork on the Chilean coast and in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and continues to enjoy spending time outdoors.