John Harte is a Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He did his undergraduate studies at Harvard and his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Leo Szilard prize from the American Physical Society, and is a co-recipient of a 2006 George Polk award in investigative journalism. He is an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, the Ecological society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served on six National Academy of Sciences Committees and has authored over 240 scientific publications, including eight books, one of which, "Consider a Spherical Cow" is a widely used textbook on environmental modeling. John's research focuses on ecology, global change, complexity science, and energy policy and sustainability.