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IIASA Alumnus Ecosystems Services and Management
Dr. Marcus Thomson is a research scholar with the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium housed within the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) group at IIASA. FABLE is a network of research institutions from developed and developing countries, led by IIASA and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), whose scholars co-operate to design integrated solutions pathways in order to put food-systems on a sustainable track, compatible with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. Thomson’s research interests include paleoclimatology and human-environmental interactions in the context of climate change over hundreds to thousands of years. At IIASA, he provides technical assistance with computational modeling to FABLE Consortium members and helps to design and deploy the FABLE “Scenathon”, a novel games-based approach to optimizing global solutions based on interactions between unequally resourced players, whose local interests align through negotiation, competitive trade-offs, and compromise.
Dr. Thomson has a PhD in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a BSc in physics and MSc in neutrino astrophysics from Queen’s University in Canada. For his dissertation work at UCLA, he studied prehistoric climate change and its effects on incipient agricultural societies in the southwestern United States and Egypt. He was a YSSP participant at IIASA in summer 2016, and that year won the IIASA Mikhalevich Award (with honors) for his final YSSP paper. He also shared in the 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics for his earlier work on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment in Canada.
Last update: 17-JUL-2018
Deppermann A, Valin H , Gusti M, Sperling F, Batka M , Chang J, Frank S , Havlik P, et al. (2019). Towards sustainable food and land-use systems: Insights from integrated scenarios of the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM). IIASA
FABLE 2019 (2019). Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Colven E & Thomson M (2019). Bridging the divide between human and physical geography: Potential avenues for collaborative research on climate modeling. Geography Compass 13 (2): e12418. DOI:10.1111/gec3.12418.
Thomson M , Balkovic J , Krisztin T, & MacDonald G (2019). Simulated impact of paleoclimate change on Fremont Native American maize farming in Utah, 850–1449 CE, using crop and climate models. Quarternary International 507: 95-107. DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2018.09.031.
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