Jonathan Fink: Bio Sketch, Presentations, Publications
Jonathan Fink serves as Senior Advisor to the President and Professor of Geology at Portland State University, leading initiatives related to smart cities and natural hazards. From 2010-2016 he was PSU’s first Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships. In that role he worked with PSU’s faculty and administrators to shape the university’s portfolio of research and creative activities and to link those to the needs and interests of partners in Metro Portland and beyond. Prior to moving to Portland in September 2010, Dr. Fink spent 30 years at Arizona State University in a variety of faculty and administrative positions, including Professor of Geological Sciences, Chairman of the Geology Department, Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, University Professor of Sustainability, University Sustainability Officer, and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. His primary scientific expertise is on the physics and chemistry of volcanic eruptions on earth and other planets. His current research and policy interests also concern problems of urban sustainability, conservation biology, natural hazards, renewable energy, and trans-boundary water conflicts.
Dr. Fink received a B.A. in geology and biology from Colby College, a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and held post-doctoral appointments in the Applied Math Department at the Weizmann Institute (Israel) and in the Planetary Geology group at ASU. In 1992-93 he was Director of the National Science Foundation's Geochemistry and Petrology Program, and a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. He also has been a Visiting Fellow on several occasions in the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, a trustee of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and a member of the National Board of Advisors for KB Home.
Allenby, B., and Fink, J., 2005. Toward inherently secure and resilient societies. Science 309, 1034-10361
Fink, J.H., 2011. Cross-sector Integration of urban information to enhance sustainable decision-making. IBM Journal of Research and Developemnt 55, 12:1-12:8
Fink, J.H., 2011. The Case for an Urban Genome Project: A shortcut to Global Sustainability? Nat. Academy of Engineering Bridge 41 (1): 5-12.
Fink, J.H., 2011. Phoenix, the role of the university, and the politics of green-tech, in Salvin, M.I. (ed.) "Sustainability in America's cities: Creating the green metropolis" Island Press, 69-90.
Fink, J.H., and Clarke, A.B., 2013. Volcanic Flows, in Fernando, H.J. (ed.) "Handbook of Environmental Fluid Mechanics," C.R.C. Press (in press).
Fink, J.H., 2013. Geoengineering cities to stabilise (sic)climate. Engineering Sustainability (in press).