Jon Lawhead

Jon Lawhead is a philosopher of science specializing in the foundations of climate science and complex systems theory.

He earned his BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, followed by an MA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy from Columbia University.

He's currently the inaugural Dornsife Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability at the University of Southern California, with a joint appointment in philosophy and the earth sciences. His position focuses on building a bridge between philosophers and geoscientists to better provide a holistic analysis of climate change and its potential impacts on human civilization.

Jon's research focuses on a variety of issues in the foundations of climate science and climate modeling. He's particularly interested in the methods and problems associated with multiscale modeling of complex systems.

His current research is centered on climate engineering proposals, and the scientific, ethical, and governance challenges involved in attempts to deliberately alter the future of the global climate.

He is also a member of the USC Sustainability Task Force, where he contributes to shaping the growth of the sustainability research program at the University of Southern California.