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Jan O. Haerter

Jan O. Haerter has a PhD from University of California at Santa Cruz (2007) in theoretical condensed matter physics. He subsequently spent three years as a postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg. In 2011, Jan joined the Center for Models of Life, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, where he worked on a range of complex systems. In 2015, he spent a research visit at the Complexity Lab, University of Barcelona and subsequently returned to the Niels Bohr Institute to build his own research group, Atmospheric Complexity, using a Villum Young Investigator Grant and an ERC Consolidator Grant. In 2020, Jan joined the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and was appointed associate professor of complex systems at Constructor University (formerly: Jacobs University Bremen). In 2023, Jan was announced professor of computational and climate physics at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Potsdam.


Jan's research interests encompass complex systems including:  condensed matter (e.g., strongly-correlated electron systems), theoretical ecology (e.g., "food web assembly rules"), social networks (e.g., experimental economics), but mostly questions in atmospheric complexity and moist convection.