My interests and activities are broad, but all revolve around the theme of making the world (universe(s)?) a better place. I conduct research that combines science, engineering, and ethics to assess what, given present circumstances and particular ethical frameworks, might be the best thing(s) for us to be doing. I also help organize academic and professional communities to advance work on these topics.
I am Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a Research Scientst at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the Osomocene Productions video production company, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. I recently completed a PhD in Pennsylvania State University's Geography Department and a post-doctoral fellowship with Penn State Geography and Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.
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Contact info: seth [at] gcrinstitute.org
Networking: Facebook * LinkedIn * Twitter * Google Scholar * Society for Risk Analysis
At present I am particularly interested in networking with people who are or would like to be working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.
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4 May 2015: I have five new research papers out. The far future argument for confronting catastrophic threats to humanity: Practical significance and alternatives, Confronting the threat of nuclear winter, and Isolated refuges for surviving global catastrophes are all forthcoming in Futures, in the special issue "Confronting Catastrophic Threats to Humanity" that I am co-editing with Bruce Tonn. The refuges paper is co-authored with David Denkenberger and Jacob Haqq-Misra. In addition, Resilience to global food supply catastrophes and Risk and resilience for unknown, unquantifiable, systemic, and unlikely/catastrophic threats are forthcoming in Environment, Systems, and Decisions, both in a special issue "Risk to Resilience: Emergent Threats and Large-Scale Systems" edited by James Lambert and Igor Linkov. The food supply paper is co-authored with Denkenberger, Joshua Pearce, Alan Robock, and Richelle Winkler. I am also featured in an hour-long episode of Conversations with Harold Channer, originally broadcast on the public access Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
27 April-22 May 2015, New York City. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. I will speak in a 6 May session "Catastrophic global risks, nuclear weapons, and human survival" hosted by People for Nuclear Disarmament. My talk is titled "How bad could it get? Risk analysis of nuclear winter".
27 June, Boston. Poles Apart, Melting Together: Science & the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene, hosted by the Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning.
3-7 August 2015, near London. Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative.
6-9 December 2015, Arlington, VA. Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting.
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