2010 Global Sustainability Summer School-Faculty

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2010 Global Sustainability Summer School

Faculty Team

J. Doyne Farmer, Director of the Global Sustainability School
Professor, Santa Fe Institute. Doyne has broad interests in complex systems, and has done research in dynamical systems theory, time series analysis and theoretical biology. At present his main interest is in developing quantitative theories for social evolution, in particular for financial markets (which provide an accurate record of decision making in a complex environment) and the evolution of new technologies (whose performance through time provides a quantitative record of human achievement). He was a founder of Prediction Company, a quantitative trading firm that was recently sold to the United Bank of Switzerland, and was their chief scientist from 1991 - 1999. During the 1980’s he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was an Oppenheimer Fellow, founding the Complex Systems Group in the theoretical division.

Doug Arent, Faculty and Advisory Committee Member
Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Doug's primary research interests focus on Market aspects of renewable energy-related technologies.

John Schellnhuber, Faculty and Advisory Committee Member
Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Since 1993, John has been Director of PIK and Professor for Theoretical Physics at Potsdam University. In 2007 he was Chief Government Advisor on Climate & Related Issues for the German G8-EU twin presidency. Currently he is a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Energy & Climate Change advising J.M. Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Jessika Trancik, Faculty and Advisory Committee Member
Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trancik's work focuses on developing new frameworks and quantitative methods to compare and optimize energy technologies by integrating technological details and climate change mitigation targets. She is a former Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

Lisa Curran, Faculty
Roger and Cynthia Lang Professor in Environmental Anthropology and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. From 2001-2009, Lisa was Professor of Tropical Resources and John Musser Director of the Tropical Resources Institute at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1996-2001, she held an interdisciplinary faculty position at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Southeast Asian Studies and International Institute and Department of Biology at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is a MacArthur Fellow and External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

Geoffrey West, Faculty
Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute. Geoffery is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications. He served as SFI President from July 2005 through July 2009. His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena evolved into a highly productive collaboration on the origin of universal scaling laws that pervade biology from the molecular genomic scale up through mitochondria and cells to whole organisms and ecosystems. This led to the development of realistic quantitative models for the structural and functional design of organisms based on underlying universal principles.


Dennis Meadows
University of New Hampshire

Doug Erwin
Santa Fe Institute/Smithsonian Institution

Billie Turner
Arizona State University

Jerry Sabloff
Santa Fe Institute

Ann Kinzig
Arizona State University

Sam Bowles
Santa Fe Institute

John Allen
Biosphere 2

William Dempster
Synergia Ranch

Mark Nelson
Institute of Ecotechnics

Additional Speakers to be Announced