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The Participants

Anthropocene Working Group

Matt Edgeworth is a practicing field archaeologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. He has directed archaeological investigations throughout Britain and excavated as far afield as Carthage in North Africa and the Orkney Islands in Scotland. He has a particular interest in complex urban stratigraphy, and in the mixture of human and natural agencies.He wrote the book Fluid Pasts: Archaeology of Flow (2011).

Michael Ellis is the Science Director of the Climate and Landscape Change Research Group at the British Geological Survey, where he leads several research teams in investigations of environmental response to climate change, the dynamics of past rapid climate changes, and carbon-cycle processes within the near-surface (the critical zone) environment.

Joyeeta Gupta works on global concerns in climate governance, water law, and sustainable development. She is Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South atthe Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She is also a member of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute.

Reinhold Leinfelder is Professor for Geology at Freie Universität Berlin, with a focus on Anthropocene research, and Affiliate Professor at the Rachel Carson Center Munich (RCC), through which he is curating the joint RCC–Deutsches Museum exhibition Welcome to the Anthropocene (starting Dec 2014). Since Sept 2014, he has been Director of Haus der Zukunft Berlin, a new communication space on the world of tomorrow.

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, where she recently moved after 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Oreskes’ research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.

Jürgen Renn is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science leading the department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge. In addition, he teaches at Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include the long-term development of systems of knowledge, the intercultural exchange of knowledge, and the transformation processes of structures of knowledge and their social conditions.

Andrew C. Revkin is a science and environmental writer. A reporter for the New York Times from 1995–2009, he currently writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times’ Opinion Pages. Revkin is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, New York, and a member of the Future Earth Interim Engagement Committee.

Daniel D. Richter is Professor of Soils at Duke University, and lead investigator of the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory in South Carolina, where he and colleagues study biogeochemistry as a function of historic and contemporary land use and abuse. He is author of Understanding Soil Change (2007) and Director of the International Network of Long-Term Soil Experiments (LTSEs).

Bernd M. Scherer is Director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Previously, he served as the Goethe-Institut’s Director of the Arts Department for the main office in Munich. His theoretical work focuses on aesthetics, philosophy of language, semiotics, and international cultural exchange. He has curated and co-curated several cultural and art projects, such as Agua-Wasser, Über Lebenskunst, and now The Anthropocene Project. Since January 2011, he has also been Professor at the Institut für europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.

James P.M. Syvitski’s specialty is the global flux of water and sediment (river and ocean-borne) and its trends in the Anthropocene. He uses data from ground stations, orbital sensors, and modeling, combining all three into a re-analysis product. He is chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and connects with the social dimension through the International Human Dimensions Programme and now Future Earth.

Colin Waters, Principal Mapping Geologist with the British Geological Survey, is Secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group. Areas of interest include application of stratigraphy to the Anthropocene, mapping and classification of artificially modified ground, the nature and flux of artificial deposits and human influence on the subsurface.

Mark Williams is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester. With a focus on Palaeoenvironments and –climates, his main research interests address current environmental change from a geological context, the interactions between biosphere and the evolution of the Earth system, as well as the utilization of Pliocene climate as a scenario for late 21st century climate and global warming.

Jan Zalasiewicz is Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Leicester and Chair of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. A field geologist, paleontologist, and stratigrapher, he teaches and publishes on geology and earth history, in particular on fossil ecosystems and environments that span over half a billion years of geological time.