Tim Lenton’s research focuses on understanding the behaviour of the Earth as a whole system, especially through the development and use of Earth system models.
He is particularly interested in how life has reshaped the planet in the past, through a series of revolutions in Earth history, and what lessons we can draw from this as we proceed to reshape the planet now.
His recent work identifying the tipping elements in the climate system won the Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year 2008.
Tim was also awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004, a European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2006, the British Association Charles Lyell Award Lecture 2006, and the Geological Society of London William Smith Fund 2008. He recently published a book with Andrew Watson called ‘Revolutions that Made the Earth’ (OUP, 2011).