His research combines three themes: abrupt systemic change, how ecological changes impacts people, and using futures thinking to improve navigating surprising social-ecological change. He is head of subject for the centre’s Sustainability Science PhD programme.
He has a Bachelors degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida. He was also a postdoc at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at University of California, Santa Barbara and the Center for Limnology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to the Stockholm Resilience Centre he was an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair jointly appointed in the department of Geography and the McGill School of the Environment, at McGill University.
He was co-editor of the Artic Council’s Arctic Resilience Report. He was a coordinating lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s Scenarios Assessment. He was coordinating lead author for IPBES’s scenarios and models assessment, and is currently a review editor for an IPBES regional assessment. He has been a member of the Resilience Alliance, since its founding. He has conducted and contributed to participatory ecosystem management processes in Canada, the USA, and Sweden.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2020-12-08
The session provided scientific input to the Nobel Prize Summit “Our Planet, Our Future” to be held in Spring 2021
Research news | 2020-11-19
Stephan Barthel, Oonsie Biggs, Örjan Bodin, Thomas Elmqvist, Carl Folke, Per Olsson, Garry Peterson and Johan Rockström on exclusive list of world’s most influential researchers
Research news | 2020-11-18
Four ways to understand the complexity of global environmental change sufficiently well to take policy action
Research news | 2020-09-24
Humanity relies on nature in a wide variety of ways. Opening up a diversity of perspectives is critical to identify pathways towards desirable futures