Dr John Finnigan, CSIRO Fellow and leader of the CSIRO Complex Systems Science team.
Dr John Finnigan: modelling complex systems
Dr John Finnigan's research focuses on measuring and modelling complex physical and social-ecological systems.
22 October 2007 | Updated 27 July 2012
Dr Finnigan is a CSIRO Fellow and leader of the CSIRO Complex Systems Science team.
His research focuses on:
complex systems science, network theory and agent based modelling in relation to earth system dynamics and global change
atmospheric boundary layer flow over vegetation canopies and complex topography, theory, measurement and applications.
Prior to joining CSIRO in 1972, Dr Finnigan was employed by Hawker-Siddeley Aviation in the United Kingdom from 1968.
From 1989-95, Dr Finnigan served as head of the CSIRO Centre for Environmental Mechanics.
From 1995 to 2011, he was a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Divisions of Land and Water, Atmospheric Research, and Marine and Atmospheric Research.
From 2011 to present he is a CSIRO Fellow at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
He served as Director of the CSIRO Centre for Complex Systems Science since 2001 and now leads the Complex Systems Science team.
Dr Finnigan was a co-investigator in European and US programs on measuring the global carbon cycle.
Dr Finnigan was a co-investigator in European and US programs on measuring the global carbon cycle and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the international science program: Interactions between Land Ecosystems and Atmospheric Processes (iLEAPS), an initiative of the IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Program). He is currently a member of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the IGBP AIMES and IHOPE programs.
Dr Finnigan was awarded a:
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1968
Doctor of Philosophy in Micrometeorology from the Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory, in 1978.
Dr Finnigan's achievements include:
- appointed Affiliate Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA in May 2012
- appointed CSIRO Fellow, June 2011
- elected to Fellowship of Australian Academy of Science in March 2007
elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2006
Visiting Fellow of the Geophysical Turbulence and TIIMES Programs at NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 2006
appointed Honorary Professor at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2005
numerous visiting Fellowship positions and grants at NOAA, ERL, NCAR (Boulder Colorado) and the Dept of Atmospheric Science, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), the University of Edinburgh, University of Reading, UK Met Office, Forest Research UK and INRA France; 1981 - present
Visiting Research Fellowship, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 1978
CSIRO Postdoctoral Studentship, concurrent with CIRES Fellowship, 1978
TM Cherry Prize of Australian Mathematical Society, 1977.
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