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Profile summary

  • Ecosystem services
  • Scenario planning
  • Resilience Assessment
  • Spatial analysis
  • Complex systems
  • Participatory research
  • Sustainability

Garry Peterson is a professor in environmental sciences with emphasis on resilience and social-ecological systems. He is also head of subject in sustainability science at the centre

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.

More information of two of his ongoing projects can be found at: Seeds of Good Anthropocene and Regime Shifts Database.

Awards and achievements:

  • Co-editor and Science lead for Arctic Council’s Arctic Resilience Report (2016)
  • Coordinating lead author for IPBES Models & Scenarios Report (2016)
  • Coordinating lead author for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Scenarios (2006)
  • Sustainability Award of Ecological Society of America (2008)
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier-2) renewal (2003 & 2008)
  • David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship (2002-2003)
  • NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship (1996-1999)

Daniel Ospina, PhD candidate
Meagan Meacham, PhD candidate

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Publications by Peterson, Garry