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Dr. Jonathan F. Donges

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Portrait Jonathan F. Donges, credit: Klemens Karkow
Dr. Jonathan F. Donges
Research Department I: Earth system analysis
Phone:    +49 331 288 2468
Fax:         +49 331 288 2620
Office:      Room 1.18, A62 Telegraph hill

Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research

P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam

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  • Co-leader, PIK FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene
  • Group leader, PIK RD1 Working Group on Whole Earth System Analysis
  • Co-speakerCOPAN collaboration
  • Co-lead developer, COPAN:CORE World-Earth modelling framework
  • Co-PI, Leibniz Association project DominoES (Domino effects in the Earth system - Can Antarctica tip climate policy?)
  • PIK research coordinator of ERC advanced grant project ERA led by Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström
  • Researcher at the Planetary Boundaries Research Lab, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Research interests

  • Dynamics of planetary-scale socio-ecological systems
  • Climatic and social tipping elements, their dynamics and interactions
  • Decarbonization dynamics and sustainability transformation
  • Conceptual models of society-environment coevolutionary dynamics
  • Structure and dynamics of complex networks
  • Nonlinear dynamics and time series analysis
  • Application of these methods to climate physics and Earth system analysis

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Current teaching activities

  • Seminar on "Complex systems perspectives on Earth system dynamics in the Anthropocene", PIK Potsdam and HU Berlin (Winter term 2018/19)
  • School on "The Earth as a complex dynamical system: from climate change to sustainability transformation", for German National Academic Foundation (2017 - 2019)

Past teaching activities




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