Tim Lenton is Professor of Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. Reading James Lovelock’s books on Gaia ignited his passion for studying the Earth as a whole system. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge followed by a PhD at the University of East Anglia (UEA). After holding posts at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and then at UEA, he came to Exeter in 2011.
He and his group are focusing on understanding the ‘revolutions that made the Earth’, on developing an evolutionary model of the marine ecosystem, and on early warning of climate tipping points. He is fascinated by the coupled evolution of the planet and of life thereon.
He received a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004; a European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2006; the British Association Charles Lyell Award Lecture, also in 2006; the Geological Society of London William Smith Fund 2008; and also in 2008, the Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year for his work on identifying tipping points in climate change.
On Common Ground
Tim participated in the conversation “Awe, Wonder and Beauty in Science – a route to God?” on 23 March.