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John Kineman

International Society for the System Sciences
SIG Chair: Relational Science
Boulder
Senior Research Scientist, CIRES, University of Colorado
Stellenbosch Research Fellow (2016), Stellenbosch South Africa
Adjunct Professor, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, India
President (2015-2016), International Society for the Systems Sciences
ISSS SIG Chair: Relational Science

Dr. Kineman is an ecosystem scientist at the University of Colorado, currently developing a theory of whole systems (R-theory). He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in physics and Earth Physics from UCLA, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Ecosystem Science and Environmental Studies from UC-Boulder. His primary interest is complex and living system theory from a trans-disciplinary perspective. His primary research is into whole system’s theory and adaptive ecological niche modeling. He is working internationally between the USA and India to establish a global educational agenda in whole systems research focused on Crisis and Sustainability Sciences. John retired from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1995, where he had worked in Ocean Exploration, Oil Spill (Crisis) research, marine ecology, global ecology, and informatics for Global Change research, the later in partnership with international programs in Africa and the Pacfic. He has also done field work in conservation management at the Kenya Wildlife Conservation and Management Department, Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and UNEP in Kenya. His current theoretical research follows the work of Dr. Robert Rosen, a mathematical biologist who outlined a foundation for whole systems science that crosses disciplines. John began working in India in 2008 with a Fulbright Research Grant for ecological niche modeling (as a component of the broader theory) and consequently became interested in the relation between modern and ancient scientific philosophy as it relates to whole system’s thinking. Part of his current research now involves the roots of Vedic philosophy as revealed to us in artifacts dating to 3000BC, suggesting a deep intuitive understanding of whole systems. John divides his time between residences in the USA and India.