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John Kineman

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John Jay Kineman (born 1949) is an American ecologist, and senior research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science[1] at the University of Colorado Boulder, known for his work in the fields of Geographical information systems[2] ecological characterization, environmental modeling and relational science.[3]


Kineman obtained his BSc in earth physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972, where after seventeen years of public service, in 1989, he also obtained his MA in geographical ecology. Eventually in 2007 he also obtained his PhD in Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Ethics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.[4]

After his graduation from the University of California Los Angeles in 1972, Kineman started his career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, working as officer and scientist. After its foundation in 1990 he joined the Kenya Wildlife Service as researcher, and also served in the US Peace Corps. In 1997 he joined the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, where he has been a Senior Research Scientist ever since. He has been visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Sciences and the Sri Sathya Sai University.[4]

Kineman has been appointed Honorary Adjunct Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment. He has been elected president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences in the year 2015-2016.

Selected publications

  • John J. Kineman and Bradley O. Parks (eds.), Ecological characterization : recommendations of a science review panel : workshop held March 9–10, 1995, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Articles, a selection:

  • Clark, David M., David A. Hastings, and John J. Kineman. "Global databases and their implications for GIS." Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Applications. Longman, London 2 (1991): 217-245.
  • Rosen, Judith, and John Jay Kineman. "Anticipatory systems and time: a new look at Rosennean complexity." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 22.5 (2005): 399-412.
  • Kineman, John J. "Relational science: a synthesis." Axiomathes 21.3 (2011): 393-437.


  1. ^ John J. Kineman, Wessman Research Group at Accessed Sept. 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Raper, Jonathan. "Geographical information systems." Progress in physical geography 17.4 (1993): 493-502.
  3. ^ Corning, Peter A. "Systems theory and the role of synergy in the evolution of living systems." Systems Research and Behavioral Science 31.2 (2014): 181-196.
  4. ^ a b Webinar 15:00 UTC: "Foundations of Relational Complexity Theory" – Dr. John J. Kineman. at 2012. Accessed Sept. 9, 2017.
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