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Jonathan Fink

Jonathan Fink

Vice President, Research and Strategic Partnerships (RSP), Portland State University


Research and Strategic Partnerships
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207


  • Vice President, Research and Strategic Partnerships (RSP), Portland State University


Jonathan Fink, a national leader in the development of interdisciplinary research initiatives, is now at Portland State University in the newly created position of vice president for research and strategic partnerships. Fink comes from Arizona State University (ASU) where, as Vice President for Research, he oversaw the tripling of external funding, the launching of internationally recognized institutes in sustainability and biodesign, and stronger ties between academic research and regional economic development.

Dr. Fink was Foundation Professor in the School of Sustainability and School of Earth and Space Exploration, and Director of the Center for Sustainability Science Applications. He served as Director of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and its first University Sustainability Officer from 2007-2009. Dr. Fink served for a decade as the University's senior research officer (1997-2002 as Vice Provost for Research and 2002-2007 as Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs). He was also Chairman of the Geology Department (now part of the School of Earth and Space Exploration) from 2005-2007. Dr. Fink is a volcano specialist who studies eruptions on earth and other planets. His current research and policy interests include urban sustainability, conservation biology, and renewable energy. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, and a member of the National Board of KB Homes.


  • PhD, Geology, Stanford University, 1979
  • BA, Geology-Biology, Colby College, 1973

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Journal Articles


Fink, J. H. 2011. Cross-sector integration of urban information to enhance sustainable decision making. IBM Journal of Research and Development 55(1.2):12:1-12:8. DOI: 10.1147/JRD.2010.2090076. (link )

Fink, J. H. 2011. The case for an urban genome project: A shortcut to global sustainability?. National Academy of Engineering Bridge 41(1):5-12. (link )


Allenby, B. R. and J. H. Fink. 2005. Toward inherently secure and resilient societies. Science 309(5737):1034-1036. (link )


Eisinger, C., J. H. Fink and M. Ramsey. 2002. Determining crystal abundance in glassy lavas: Combining laboratory infrared spectromscopy with remote sensing. American Geophysical Union EOS Transactions 83(47):P72A-0484.

Book Chapters


Fink, J. H. 2011. Phoenix, the role of the university, and the politics of green-tech. Pp. 69-90 In: Slavin, M. I. ed., Sustainability in America's Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis.. Island Press.


Fink, J. H. and P. Gober. 2009. Using stakeholder engagement and visualization to aid decision-making about water use in the Middle East. Pp. 257-274 In: Lipchin, C., D. Sandler and E. Cushman eds., The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation Amid Conflict. Springer Scientific Press.


Fink, J. H., F. Steiner, N. B. Grimm and C. L. Redman. 2003. Greater Phoenix 2100: Building a national urban environmental research agenda. Pp. 413-426 In: Heiken, G., R. Fakundiny and J. Sutter eds., Geosciences in the Cities. Vol 56.



Fink, J. H. 2009. Linking ecological knowledge to sustainability initiatives in research universities. Presentation at the August 2-7, 2009 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.


Fink, J. H. 2007. Decision making about water use in Arizona and the Middle East. (link )

Fink, J. H. 2007. Solar energy policy options from a university perspective. Presentation made at September 25, 2007 at the Solar Electric Industries Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. (link )


Fink, J. H. 2000. Project Phoenix 2100: Building a national urban environment research agenda. Ecosystem Engineering Seminar presented 23 August 2000, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Program, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Fink, J. H., C. L. Redman and N. B. Grimm. 2000. Expanding a long-term ecological research project into a national urban environmental laboratory.. Presentation at a special session on "Earth Sciences in the Cities." (Abstract).