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Will Lockhart

Will Lockhart is a research scientist working at the intersection of data science and sustainability. A physicist by training, he has expertise in modeling, data analysis and visualization, and large-scale systems thinking.

Will’s research focuses on the environmental impacts of land use in the United States. He is currently working to develop and expand IonE’s Food System Supply-Chain Sustainability (FoodS3) model, tracing CO2 emissions through the agricultural supply chain to see how emission reduction efforts can be more targeted. He is also involved in a joint project between IonE and the US Forest Service, using geospatial analysis to create maps of carbon sources and sinks. A passionate teacher and communicator, Will enjoys the challenge of boiling down complex ideas for a general audience. He believes that effective science communication and storytelling is essential for humanity to be able to confront the ecological overshoot crisis and create a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future.

Will has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Arizona and a B.A. from Brown University. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on black hole imaging with the Event Horizon Telescope, quantifying uncertainties in the analysis to illuminate how reconstructed images can be used to test the properties of black holes in the future. Will is also a nationally ranked Go player, and directed a feature-length documentary on the game of Go from 2012-2016. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Saint Paul, MN.