Tim Lenton

Researcher, Writer, Systems-Thinker

Tim Lenton is the founding Director of the Global Systems Institute and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. He has more than 25 years of research experience, focused on modelling life’s coupling to the Earth system, biogeochemical cycling, climate dynamics, and associated tipping points. His books “Revolutions that made the Earth” (with Andrew Watson) and “Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction” have popularised a new scientific view of our planetary home.

Tim co-authored the “Planetary Boundaries” framework and is renowned for his work identifying climate tipping points, which won the Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year 2008. He has also received a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2004, European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2006, Geological Society of London William Smith Fund 2008, and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award 2013.

Tim is a member of the Earth Commission, an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and in the top 100 of the Reuters ‘Hot List’ of the world’s top climate scientists. He is also a Turing Fellow, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, Geological Society and the Society of Biology.

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