Within the MuSES project, Ringsmuth works on the theory of multiscale dynamics in social-ecological systems (SES). Using theoretical tools from complex systems science, ecological economics and physics, he aims to develop a mechanistic description of cross-scale interactions in SES, general enough to apply across a range of system types, including agriculture and fisheries. He is particularly fascinated by similarities between multiscale resource economics problems in social-ecological systems and those in biophysical systems, and curious about whether general laws might exist, relating the two.
Ringsmuth’s broad interests in sustainability science also include energy systems, environmental psychology, and biophysical economics.
Ringsmuth’s diverse background bridges the social and natural sciences. After completing bachelor degrees in psychology, philosophy and physics, he went on to an honours degree and PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. His PhD work focused on multiscale analysis and optimisation of photosynthetic solar energy systems, and he continued this as a postdoc in the biophysics of photosynthesis at the VU University Amsterdam. Ringsmuth then joined the SRC, where he is applying his experience with multiscale analysis of complex systems to SES.
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2019 - Journal / article
In social-ecological systems (SESs), social and biophysical dynamics interact within and between the levels of organization at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Cross-scale interactions (CSIs) are interdependences between processes at different scales, generating behaviour unpredictable at single scales. Understanding CSIs is important for improving SES governance, but they remain understudied. Theoretical models are neede...
2019 - Journal / article
The thylakoid membrane inside chloroplasts hosts the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis. Its embedded protein complexes are responsible for light harvesting, excitation energy transfer, charge separation, and transport. In higher plants, when the illumination conditions vary, the membrane adapts its composition and nanoscale morphology, which is characterized by appressed and non-appressed regions known as grana and s...