Dr. Nico Wunderling

Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher
Wunderling

Nico Wunderling is a PostDoctoral Researcher in the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene and  the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is also a guest researcher at the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University in the lab of Simon Levin. His research focuses on the resilience of the Earth system, nonlinear dynamics of interacting tipping elements in the climate system as well as their effect on the society and vice versa.

Contact

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 20876
nico.wunderling[at]pik-potsdam.de
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

ORCID

Since March 2021, I am part of the project Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene on the resilience of the Earth system with a special focus on nonlinear entities (tipping elements) in the Earth system. Here, my aim is to investigate how the stability of these particularly vulnerable components of the Earth system are affected by human activity and might endanger the overall robustness of the climate system. I am also interested in the effects of social sustainability transformations on the risk for dangerous climate tipping events.

For that purpose, I am mainly working with models informed by complex dynamical systems and network science, as well as Earth system models of intermediate complexity (EMICs).

Positions

Education

  • 2017 - 2021: PhD with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann and Dr. Jonathan Donges in climate physics at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam and the Humboldt University of Berlin
    Topic: Nonlinear dynamics and interactions of tipping elements in the Earth System
  • 2017: Masters in Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (graduation with distinction)
  • 2014: Bachelors in Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (graduation with distinction)

Research stays and International Experience:

  • March - April & November 2022: Lab of S. Levin (Princeton University, United States)
  • January - March 2020: Lab of H. Barbosa (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • August - October 2018: Lab of H. Barbosa (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • September 2015 - March 2016: Semester and Research Internship abroad at the University of York, United Kingdom


Research interests

  • Climate tipping elements, their interactions and dynamics
  • Social and socio-ecological sustainability transformations (social tipping processes)
  • Early warning signals of tipping elements
  • Climate feedbacks and Earth resilience
  • Complex systems and network science
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems

In Review/Submitted

Publications

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Open Source Software

Current funding

Former funding

Lectures and courses

  • Co-Speaker in the lecture on "Global sustainability in the Anthropocene", Institute for environmental sciences and geography, University of Potsdam (Winter term 2022/2023)
  • Co-Speaker in the lecture on "Earth System Science & Anthropocene" for the new Master's program CLEWS, University of Potsdam (Summer term 2022)
  • Co-Speaker in the lecture on "Global sustainability in the Anthropocene", Institute for environmental sciences and geography, University of Potsdam (Winter term 2021/2022)
  • School on "The Earth as a complex dynamical system: from climate change to sustainability transformation", for the German National Academic Foundation (2017 - 2019)
  • Tutor in the lecture series on "Introduction to Climate Physics", Department of Physics, Potsdam University (Winter term 2018/2019) with Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann

Supervised students

2022:
  • Astrid Gjelsvik (Intern, University of Oslo, 2022): Tipping fast and slow - quantifying early warning signals for systems of different time scales
  • Laeo Crnkovic-Rubsamen and Jasmine Zhang (HMEI summer internship program, Princeton University, 2022): Coupling social and climate tipping dynamics
  • Vitus Benson (Master student, University of Leipzig, 2021/2022): Studying α-stable Lévy noise in coupled double-well potentials with applications in climate science
  • Lena Schmidt (Master student, Free University Berlin, 2021/2022): Spatial early warning signal detection in a complex network of the Amazon rainforest
2021:
  • Nora Fahrenbach (Bachelor-Internship, The University of Edinburgh, 2021): Early warning signals of interacting tipping elements in the Amazon rainforest
2020:
  • Valentin Wohlfarth (Master student, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2019/2020): Tipping cascades on the International Trade Network and the effects of meso- and macroscopic structure on tipping dynamics
  • Hannah Meevenkamp (Bachelor student, University of Göttingen, 2020): Causal loop network analysis of Arctic permafrost feedbacks
  • Jan Kohler (Bachelor student, University of Leipzig, 2019/2020): Dynamics of tipping on stochastic complex networks
2019:
  • Jonathan Kroenke (Master student, University of Potsdam, 2018/2019): Dynamics of tipping cascades on complex networks
  • Benedikt Stumpf (Master student, Free University Berlin, 2018/2019): The role of motifs in complex networks of tipping elements

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  • Radio Interview on "Wann kippt das Klima?" for detektor.fm (in german, November 2022)
  • Selected media echo on the article "Recurrent droughts increase risk of  cascading tipping events by outpacing adaptive capacities in the Amazon rainforest" (September 2022): Mongabay, EOS AGU
  • Entry in the journal Klima und Recht on "Warum jedes zehntel Grad zählt: Der Einfluss von Kippelementen" (in german, July 2022)
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