Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Research Associate (James S McDonnell Foundation Fellowship)







Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Jakob is a complex systems physicist with a focus on causal discovery techniques from high-dimensional, nonlinear time series. His main research interests are causal inference algorithms using information theory and machine learning techniques, causal complex network theory, information flow in complex systems, and nonlinear prediction. Jakob collaborates with researchers from many applied fields to help in better understanding real world complex systems, in particular the climate system.

Jakob did his PhD in physics at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and received his doctoral degree from Humboldt University Berlin. For his thesis he was awarded the Carl-Ramsauer doctoral thesis prize by the Berlin Physical Society. In 2014 he won a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Studying Complex Systems by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and is now a Research Associate at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College.

Jakob's research was published in Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, and Journal of Climate, among others. On he provides Tigramite, a time series analysis python module for linear and information-theoretic causal inference.



Kretschmer M, Coumou D, Donges JF, et al., 2016, Using causal effect networks to analyze different Arctic drivers of mid-latitude winter circulation, Journal of Climate, Vol:29, ISSN:0894-8755, Pages:4069-4081

Donges JF, Heitzig J, Beronov B, et al., 2015, Unified functional network and nonlinear time series analysis for complex systems science: The pyunicorn package, Chaos: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, Vol:25, ISSN:1054-1500, Pages:113101-113101

Runge J, 2015, Quantifying information transfer and mediation along causal pathways in complex systems, Physical Review E, Vol:92, ISSN:1539-3755


Runge JGB, 2016, Tigramite, v.2.0 beta

Donges JF, 2015, Pyunicorn

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