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Timon McPhearson

Timon   McPhearson

Assistant Professor, Urban Ecology

Chair, Environmental Studies

Office Location:

79 Fifth Avenue
  • Email: timon.mcphearson@newschool.edu


  • Dr. Timon McPhearson is Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Environmental Studies program, Director of the Urban Ecology Lab, and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center, where he works directly with designers, planners, and managers to foster sustainable and resilient cities. A former scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, he investigates the ecology in, of, and for cities and teaches urban resilience, systems thinking, and urban ecology at the university. Dr. McPhearson is a founding member of the ICLEI Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative, a contributing author to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Cities Biodiversity Outlook, a member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), and co-leads the Future Earth Urban Platform (FEUP). He is also Co-PI of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) $12 Million “Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events” Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN, 2015-2020). His work is published widely including in scientific journals (Nature, Oikos, AMBIO, Urban Ecosystems, Landscape and Urban Planning, Ecosystem Services, Applied Geography), in books (Sustainability in America’s Cities, Urban Sustainability Transitions), popular press (Revolve Magazine, The Nature of Cities), and covered by The New York Times, The Nation, Chronicle of Higher Education, and others.


    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, 2004

    B.S., Environmental Biology, Taylor University, 1997

    Professional Affiliations:

    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

    ·      Future Earth integration with Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

    ·      Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative in partnership with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UNESCO, and UNHABITAT

    ·      Natural Areas Conservancy, New York, NY

    ·      PlaNYC MillionTreesNYC Research and Evaluation Committee, New York, NY

    ·      Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, New York, NY

    ·      Earth School, Something Good in the World, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

     

     

    JOURNAL REVIEWER and EDITOR

    ·      AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment

    ·      Applied Ecology

    ·      Applied Geography

    ·      Biological Conservation

    ·      Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing

    ·      Cities and the Environment

    ·      Ecological Applications

    ·      Ecological Indicators (Managing Guest Editor for Special Issue)

    ·      Ecology and Society

    ·      Ecosystem Services (Guest Editor for Special Issue)

    ·      Ecosphere

    ·      Environmental Science and Policy (Guest Editor for Special Issue)

    ·      Global Environmental Change

    ·      International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

    ·      Journal of Applied Ecology

    ·      Journal of Urban Ecology (Editor)

    ·      Journal of Urban Planning and Development

    ·      Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning

    ·      Landscape and Urban Planning

    ·      Landscape Ecology

    ·      Land Use Policy

    ·      MIT Press

    ·      National Geographic

    ·      National Science Foundation

    ·      Science of the Total Environment

    ·      Urban Ecosystems


    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    ·      American Association for the Advancement of Science

    ·      Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences

    ·      British Ecological Society

    ·      Ecological Society of America

    ·      Ecosystem Services Partnership

    ·      International Society for Ecological Economics

    ·      New York Academy of Science

    ·      New York State Urban Community Forestry Council

    ·      Society for Conservation Biology

    ·      Society for Ecological Restoration

    ·      Scientists Without Borders

    ·      The Nature Conservancy

    ·      US Green Building Council

    Recent Publications:

    McPhearson, Timon, Madhav Karki, Cecilia Herzog, Helen Santiago Fink, Luc Abbadie, Peleg Kremer, Christopher M. Clark, Matthew I. Palmer, and Katia Perini. “Urban Ecosystems and Biodiversity.” In Cynthia Rozensweig, Bill Solecki, et al. Eds, Urban Climate Change Research Network Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities (ARC3-2), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

    McPhearson, Timon and Katinka Wijsman. “Transitioning Complex Urban Systems: An Urban Ecology Approach to Urban Sustainability Transitions”. In Urban Sustainability Transitions (eds. Dirk Loorbach, Niki Frantzeskaki, et al.), forthcoming from Springer.

    McHale, Melissa R., Steward TA Pickett, Olga Barbosa, David N Bunn,Mary L Cadenasso, Daniel L Childers, Meredith Gartin, George Hess, David M Iwaniec, Timon McPhearson, M. Nils Peterson, Alexandria K. Poole, Louie Rivers III, Shade T Shutters, Weiqi Zhou. 2015. “The New Global Urban Realm: Complex, Connected, Diffuse, and Diverse Social-Ecological Systems.” Sustainability (Special Issue) 7: 5211-5240, doi:10.3390/su7055211

    McPhearson, Timon, Erik Andersson, Thomas Elmqvist, and Niki Frantzeskaki. 2015. “Resilience Of and Through Urban Ecosystem Services,“ Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12:152-156, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.012

    Kremer, Peleg, Erik Andersson, Timon McPhearson, and Thomas Elmqvist. 2015. “Advancing the Frontier of Urban Ecosystem Services Research.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.01.008

    Andersson, Erik, Timon McPhearson, Peleg Kremer, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Dagmar Haase, Magnus Tuvendal, and Daniel Wurster. 2015. “Scale and Context Dependence of Ecosystem Service Providing Units.“  Ecosystem Services (Special Issue), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.001

    Hansen, Rieke, Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson, Emily Rall, Nadja Kabisch Anna Kaczorowska, Jaan-Henrik Kain, , Martina Artmann, and Stephan Pauleit. 2015. “The uptake of the ecosystem services concept in planning discourses of European and American cities.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue), doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.013

    Andersson, E., Maria Tengö, Timon McPhearson and Peleg Kremer. 2015. “Cultural Ecosystem Services as a Platform for Working Towards Urban Sustainability.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue), DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.002

    McPhearson, Timon.  2015. “Urban social, ecological, and technical-built system (SETS) resilience”. The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/05/19/taking-resilience-out-of-the-realm-of-metaphor-how-do-you-measure-resilience-in-cities-how-would-you-know-if-your-city-or-your-community-was-resilient/

    Also republished in:

    SustainableCitiesCollective.com, http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1074821/taking-resilience-out-realm-metaphor-how-do-you-measure-resilience-cities-how-

    McPhearson, Timon and Victoria Marshall.  2015. “Micro-Urban: The Ecological and Social Potential of Small-Scale Urban Spaces”. The Nature of Cities,

    http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/01/03/micro_urban-the-ecological-and-social-potential-of-small-scale-urban-spaces/

    Also republished in:

    SustainableCitiesCollective.com, http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1033451/microurban-ecological-and-social-potential-small-scale-urban-spaces

    McPhearson, Timon.  2014. “The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning”. The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2014/06/08/the-rise-of-resilience-linking-resilience-and-sustainability-in-city-planning

    Also republished in:

    ·      GetResilient.com, http://www.getresilient.com/article/Riseofresilien

    ·      SustainableCitiesCollective.com, http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/255296/rise-resilience-linking-resilience-and-sustainability-city-planning

    ·      UrbanTimes.com, http://urbantimes.co/2014/06/resilience-sustainability-city-planning/

     

    McPhearson, Timon.  2014. An Urban Ecology Approach to “The Future We Want”. Revolve Magazine 11:18-24. http://www.revolve-magazine.com/home/2014/06/20/urban-ecology-an-approach-to-the-future-we-want/

    Haase, Dagmar, Timon McPhearson, Anna Kaczorowska, Niki Frantzeskaki. 2014. “Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes: Practical Applications and Governance Implications.” Urbanization and Global Environmental Change: Viewpoints, Spring 2014.

    McPhearson, Timon.  2014. “How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones?” The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=6501

    McPhearson, Timon.  2014. “Many believe that better information on the monetary value of ecosystem services is critical for getting cities to adopt more green infrastructure solutions”.  The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=5792

    Larondelle, Neele, Hamstead, Zoé A., Peleg Kremer, Dagmar Haase, and Timon McPhearson. 2014. “Applying a novel urban structure classification to compare the relationships of urban structure and surface temperature in Berlin and New York City.” Applied Geography, 53: 427-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.07.004

    McPhearson, Timon, Zoé Hamstead, and Peleg Kremer. 2014. “Urban Ecosystem Services for Resilience Planning and Management in New York City.” AMBIO: Journal of the Human Environment (Special Issue) 43:502–515
DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0509-8

    Haase, Dagmar, Neele Larondelle, Erik Andersson, Martina Artmann, Sarah Borgström, Jürgen Breuste, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Ǻsa Gren, Zoé Hamstead, Rieke Hansen, Nadja Kabisch, Peleg Kremer, Johannes Langemeyer, Emily Lorance Rall, Timon McPhearson, Stephan Pauleit, Salman Qureshi, Nina Schwarz, Annette Voigt, Daniel Wurster, and Thomas Elmqvist.  2014. “A Quantitative Review of Urban Ecosystem Services Assessments: Concepts, Models, and Implementation.” AMBIO (Special Issue), 43:413–433, 
DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0504-0

    Schewenius, Maria, Timon McPhearson, and Thomas Elmqvist. 2014. “Opportunities for Increasing Resilience and Sustainability
of Urban Social–Ecological Systems: Insights from the URBES and the Cities Biodiversity Outlook Projects.” AMBIO (Special Issue), 43:434-444,
DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0505-z

    Falxa-Raymond, Nancy, Matthew I. Palmer, Timon McPhearson, and Kevin Griffith. 2014. “Foliar Nitrogen Characteristics of Four Tree Species Planted in New York City Forest Restoration Sites.” Urban Ecosystems (2014): 1-18, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11252-014-0346-3

    Pickett, Steward T.A., Kenneth T. Belt, Geoffrey Bukley, Timothy Carter, Edward J. Doheny, Erle C. Ellis, 
Peter M. Groffman, Gordon M. Heisler, 
Brian P. McGrath, Timon McPhearson, Katalin Szlavecz, and
Jonathan M. Walsh.  2014. BES Urban Lexicon: Concepts for the Interdisciplinary Study of Urban Ecology. Baltimore Ecosystem Study, ISBN 978-1-312-39712-5.

    McPhearson, Timon, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead. 2013. “Mapping Ecosystem Services in New York City: Applying a Social-Ecological Approach in Urban Vacant Land.” Ecosystem Services 11-26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.06.005

    Kremer, Peleg, Zoé Hamstead, and Timon McPhearson. 2013.  “A Social-Ecological Assessment of Vacant Lots in New York City.Landscape and Urban Planning 218-233,http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.05.003

    Crossman, Neville, Benjamin Burkhard, Stoyan Nedkov, Louise Willemen, Katalin Petz, Ignacio Palomo, Evangelia G. Drakou, Berta Martín-Lopez, Timon McPhearson, Kremena Boyanova, Rob Alkemade, Benis Egoh, Martha Dunbar, Joachim Maes. 2013. “A blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services.” Ecosystem Services 44-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.02.001

    McPhearson, Timon and Keith G. Tidball. 2013. “Disturbances in Urban Social-Ecological Systems: Niche Opportunities for Environmental Education” In, Trading Zones in Environmental Education: Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue, eds. Marianne Krasny and Justin Dillon. Peter Lang, New York.

    McPhearson, Timon, David Maddox, Bram Gunther, and David Bragdon. 2013. “New York City Biodiversity, Green Space, and Ecosystem Services”, In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.355-383, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_19

    McPhearson, Timon, Roger Auch, and Marina Alberti. 2013. “Urbanization trends, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services in North America,” In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.279-286, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_14

    Gómez-Baggethun, Erik, Åsa Gren, David N. Barton, Johannes Langemeyer, Timon McPhearson, Patrick O’Farrell, Erik Andersson, Zoé Hamstead, and Peleg Kremer. 2013. “Urban Ecosystem Services,” In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.175-251, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_11

    McPhearson, Timon. 2013. “Getting Beyond Plant PR: Accounting for Both Services and Disservices of Urban Green Infrastructure.” The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=3425

    McPhearson, Timon. 2013. “Wicked Problems, Social-ecological Systems, and the Utility of Systems Thinking.” The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=2180

    McPhearson, Timon. 2012. “Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits.” The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=656

    McPhearson, P. Timon. 2012. “Cities as Highly Functional Socio-Ecological Systems: Solving the Environmental Crisis with a Tree?” Scapes 8: 30-37.\

    McPhearson, P. Timon. 2011.  “Toward a Sustainable New York City: Greening Through Urban Forest Restoration.” In, The Triple Bottom Line: Sustainability Principles, Practice, and Perspective in America’s Cities (M. Slavin, editor), pp181-204, Island Press, Washington, D.C.

    Performances and Appearances:

    RECENT/SELECTED INVITED LECTURES *presenter

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Nature-based Solutions for Urban Climate Reseilince in New York City.” New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resilience, Urban Heat Island Working Group, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Cities.” Invited panelist at Launch of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) European Hub in partnership with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Pierre and Marie Curie University, and l’Atelier International du Grand Paris, Paris, France, a side-event to the “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” part of the lead-up to COP21.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Natural capital in cities: A critical resource for improving equity, resilience, and sustainability.” The Nature Conservancy, New York, New York.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Natural capital in cities: A critical resource for improving equity, resilience, and sustainability.” Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Future Earth Urban Platform.” Global Biodiversity Monitoring workshop, Future Earth, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Moderator “Cities Under Siege: Climate Change Resilience”, part of #EarthMatters: Designing Our Future, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, New York, New York. http://events.newschool.edu/event/tedc_inaugural_earth_day_celebration#.VUzMDs7TnLg

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Opening Keynote “Natural Capital in Cities: A critical resource for improving equity, resilience, and sustainability.”  Natural Capital Project conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Incorporating Ecosystems Into Urban Planning and Management for Equity, Resilience, and Sustainability.” Environmental Studies program, Pace University, New York.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Discussant, “The Lowline”, Urban Studies and Environmental Studies, The New School, New York, New York.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Benefits of urban natural capital for human health and well-being,” Future Earth Urban Platform workshop, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Incorporating Ecosystems Into Urban Planning for Equity, Resilience, and Sustainability.” Lectures in Urban Planning Series (LiPS), Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, New York.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. Moderator, “Challenges in Balancing Conservation and Development in Eastern Himalaya, a Biodiversity Hotspot,” India China Institute, The New School, New York, New York.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene.” A research project of Future Earth, Stockholm, Sweden.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Future Earth and Future Urban Europe.” Invited presentation to the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, with Belmont Forum, Biodiversa, and FP7 Projects, Brussels, Belgium.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2015. “Demonstrating the Values of Urban Nature in New York”. Invited presentation to the URBES Project coordinated by IUCN, Biodiversa, and European Commission DG Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Urban Ecology, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services.” Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) Workshop, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), London, UK.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*2014.  Mentor and presenter, “Urban Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation”, Student Conference on Conservation Science, American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Livable, Equitable, Resilience Cities.” Pop-Up Class, Climate Action Week, People’s Climate March, Union Square GreenMarket, New York City. 

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Avoiding social-ecological system traps by accounting for both ecosystem services and disservices in cities.” Karklö Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. Invited participant, Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network workshop, National Science Foundation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Urban Ecology in the MillionTreesNYC Afforestation Project.”  Invited presentation to NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Group, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “A Social-Ecological Approach to
 Urban Ecosystem Services and Resilience.” Invited presentation to Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Social-ecological Assessment and Non-Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in New York City.” Invited presentation to SESYNC Workshop, 
“Incorporating Values and Assessing Social and Environmental Trade-offs in Managing for Ecosystem Services,” SESYNC, Annapolis, Maryland, http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/sites/default/files/sesync2_workshopsummary_v4.pdf

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Ecosystem Services in New York City.” Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) Annual Meeting. The New School, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2014. “The Value of Urban Ecosystems.” Urban InVEST Workshop with Stockholm Resilience Center, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stanford University, and The Natural Capital Project, Stockholm, Sweden. June, 2014.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. “The Ecological Benefits of Urban Vacant Lots.” GrowNYC Pop-Up Class, Union Square GreenMarket, New York City. http://www.grownyc.org/newgreencity/schedule

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. “Ecology in and Ecology Of New York City: Vacant Lots, Urban Afforestation, and Ecosystem Services”, Keynote lecture, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY. http://themillbrookindependent.com/content/ecology-3

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. “Vacant Lots in New York City: Social-Ecological Assessment, SMCA, and Ecosystem Services Valuation,” Invited lecture to Local Code 2.0, College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited participant to Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, URBES Research Workshop, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited lecture and panelist, “Urban Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Land Use: Managing Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being in New York City”, 1st URBES Training session: Monetary and non-monetary valuation of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services, hosted by ICLEI and IUCN, Pati Manning, Barcelona, Spain.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited participant and author for Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), “2nd Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2)”, Columbia University, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited lecture and participant to Degradation and Loss of Peri-Urban Ecosystems, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited lecture and panelist, The need for systems approaches to conserve and manage urban ecosystems” for The Next Big Questions in Urban Conservation Biology, American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited lecture, “Invasive, Exotics, and Diversity in Urban Ecology”, to Low Residency MFA program, TransART Institute, Berlin, Germany.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited presentation, “The Nature of Cities: Vacant lots as opportunities for social-ecological transformation and resilience in cities,” Summit for New York City, Municipal Arts Society, Lincoln Center, New York, NY. 

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited participant, Conceptual Models Working Group, Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network, National Science Foundation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. “The URBIS Designation Process: What is it all about?” Invited presentation to the URBIS Webinar, Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS), ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, IUCN, and Stockholm Resilience Center.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. Invited participant to Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, URBES 2nd Annual Meeting, Technical University Of Munich, Munich, Germany.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  “Natural Capital: Ecosystem Services Comes of Age.” Invited lecture to Teacher Renewal for Urban Science Teaching (TRUST), Summer Institute on Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural History, Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning, New York City, NY.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  “Identifying Hotspots for Social-Ecological Transformation: The Case of New York City Vacant Lots and Green Infrastructure.” Invited presentation to The Ecology of New York City: Organisms, Environment, and History, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York City, NY.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  “Urban green space and health.” Invited panelist and moderator, A Mini-Conference on “Research to Policy”, Population Research Center, Columbia University, School of Social Work, New York City, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  Invited participant, Transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  Invited participant, Positive resource dependency and resilience in urban systems, Karklö Island Workshop, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden.

    McPhearson, Timon* and Zoé Hamstead.  2013.  “A Social-ecological Systems Approach to Improving Policy and Planning for Urban Resilience in New York City.” Invited lecture to Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, New York City, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012.  Invited participant to High-level workshop on Natural Solutions for Urban Areas in Europe, European Parliament Intergroups: Climate Change, Biodiversity And Sustainable Development and Urban, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012. “InVEST Modeling for Urban Ecosystem Services Valuation.” Invited presentation to the URBES 1st Research Workshop, Urban Ecosystem Services:
Linking knowledge to governance and practice, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead.  2012. “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the New York Social-Ecological System.”  Invited presentation to the URBES 1st Research Workshop, Urban Ecosystem Services:
Linking knowledge to governance and practice, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012.  “Benefits of Vacant Lots for Human Well-being.” Invited public lecture to New Green City, GrowNYC, Union Square New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012.  “Stacking Urban Ecosystem Services of Green Infrastructure in the New York City Social-Ecological System.”  Invited Lecture to Center for Urban Eco-Planning & Design, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

    McPhearson, Timon and Peleg Kremer*. 2012. Socio-ecological value profiles of urban landscapes.”Urban Nature Forum, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012.  “An Ecological Approach to Improving Resilience and Sustainability in New York City.”  Invited Lecture to the Urban Ecology Lecture Series, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Brooklyn, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon* and Peleg Kremer.  2012. “Social-Ecological Non-Economic Valuation of Urban Green Infrastructure in The New York City Ecosystem.” Invited speaker to the Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative Jerusalem meeting, sponsored by the Jerusalem Mayor’s Office of Jerusalem, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) LAB (Local Action for Biodiversity) (an ICLEI - IUCN Programme), and the Dead Sea Drainage Authority, Jerusalem, Israel.

     

    McPhearson, Timon and Peleg Kremer*.  2012. Mapping Ecosystem Services in New York City. Invited speaker to the Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative Jerusalem meeting, sponsored by the Jerusalem Mayor’s Office of Jerusalem, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) LAB (Local Action for Biodiversity) (an ICLEI - IUCN Programme), and the Dead Sea Drainage Authority, Jerusalem, Israel.

     

    Palmer, Matthew*, Marielle Anzelone, Richard Karty, and Sanpisa Sritrairat, Myla Aronson, Alex Felson, and Timon McPhearson. 2012. Vegetation Change Following Urban Tree Planting: Early Results from the MillionTreesNYC Reforestation Program.  Invited Lecture to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Group, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead.  2012. Non-Economic Valuation of Urban Ecosystem Services in The New York City Social-Ecological System. Invited Lecture to the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) Meeting, sponsored by the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead.  2011.  The New York City Social-Ecological System: An Urban Biosphere Approach to Ecosystem Service Assessment. Invited Lecture to the Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative New York Workshop, sponsored by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), UNESCO, and the Stockholm Resilience Center, United Nations, New York, NY.

     

    *Invited Lectures from 2011 and earlier available upon request

     

    RECENT/SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS (*presenter)

     

    Muñoz-Erickson, T.A. N. B. Grimm, C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, D. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, and T. R. Miller. 2015. “Urban Resilience to Extremes: A Sustainability Research Network on Social-Ecological-Technological Systems”, Earth Systems Governance, Canberra, Australia.

    Grimm, N.B., C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, D. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller, and T. A. Muñoz-Erickson.  2015.  “Urban Resilience to Extremes: A Proposed Sustainability Research Network,” Central Arizona-Phoenix (CAP) Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) ProjectAnnual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Taking Advantage of BIG DATA and the Internet of Things to Advance the Social-Ecological Study of Urban System Complexity,” Urban Transitions and Transformations: Science, Synthesis, and Policy, 2nd International Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.

     

    Hamstead, Zoé*, Peleg Kremer, Timon McPhearson, Neele Larondelle, and Dagmar Haase. 2014. “Decision-support tools for ecosystem services: developing generalizable approaches.” Ecosystem Services Partnership, 7th Annual Meeting, San Jose, Costa Rica.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Avoiding traps by accounting for the social-ecological generation of both ecosystem services and disservices.” Invited presentation for session: “Tips or Traps? Advancing understanding to steer clear of impoverishment traps and Tipping points.” Resilience 2014, Montpelier, France.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2014. “Resilience Of and Through Urban Ecosystem.” Invited presentation for session: “Transformative capacities and urban ecologies at the forefront of resilience and sustainability – challenges and opportunities in urban planning.” Resilience 2014, Montpelier, France.

    Kremer, Peleg*, Timon McPhearson, Zoé Hamstead. 2014. “Ecosystem Services in the New York City Social-ecological System: Multi-criteria analysis, tradeoffs and synergies.” Resilience 2014, Montpelier, France.

    Hamstead, Zoé*, Peleg Kremer, and Timon McPhearson. 2014. “A classification for comparative urban ecology and resilient urban design.” Invited presentation to panel “The Anthropocene and the Urban Challenge: Social-Ecological Research and Practice in New York City.” Association for Environmental Studies and Science Annual Meeting, New York City, NY.

     

    Timon McPhearson, Peleg Kremer*, and Zoé Hamstead*. 2013. “Urban Ecosystem Services and Social-Ecological Research in New York City,” Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium, Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT.

     

    Timon McPhearson, Thomas Elmqvist*, Dagmar Haase, and Erik Gomez-Baggathun. 2013. “Towards an Integrated Framework for Investigating Urban Ecosystem Services”, Symposium Chair and presenter, Making Ecosystem Services Count, 6thAnnual International Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Bali, Indonesia.

     

    Timon McPhearson*. 2013. “Methodological and theoretical approaches for dealing with socio-ecological complexity of urban areas.” Symposium Chair and Speaker, Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

     

    Timon McPhearson*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead. 2013. “Identifying hotspots for social-ecological transformation: A multi-criteria approach to assessing urban ecosystem services.” Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

     

    Erik Andersson*, Timon McPhearson Niki Frantzeskaki, Erik Gomez Baggethun, Dagmar Haase, Jaan-Henrik Kain, Jari Niemelä, Magnus Tuvendal,  and Danial Wurster. 2013. “What does it take to ensure generation of and access to ecosystem services?” Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

     

    Zoé Hamstead*, Peleg Kremer, Neele Larondelle, Dagmar Haase, and Timon McPhearson. 2013. “Deriving evaluation units for ecosystem services in urban areas.” Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

     

    Rieke Hansen*, Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson, Emily Rall, Anna Kaczorowska, Jaan-Henrik Kain, Nadja Kabisch, Stephen Pauleit. 2013. “Are we ready for urban ecosystem services yet? Institutional conditions for application of the urban ecosystem service framework in Berlin, New York, Rotterdam, Salzburg and Stockholm.” Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

    Johannes Langemeyer*, Dagmar Haase, Timon McPhearson, Peleg Kremer,  Francesc Baró, Emily Rall, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Niki Frantzeskaki, Sabastian Scheuer. 2013. “Multi-criteria framework for enhancing relevance of urban ecosystem service assessments for policy- making.” Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress, Berlin, Germany.

    N. Larondelle*, D. Haase, Z. Hamstead, P. Kremer, T. McPhearson.  2013. “Generic urban land use and land cover classification to reduce uncertainty for deriving ecosystem functions and services: The comparison of Berlin and New York City”, IALE-D Annual conference, Dresden, Germany

     

    McPhearson, Timon*, Matthew I. Palmer, Richard Karty, and Sanpisa Sritrairat. 2012. “Assessing Urban Forest Restoration Effects on Vegetation Dynamics and Plant-Soil Interactions in New York City Urban Parkland.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    Sritrairat, Sanpisa* and Timon McPhearson. 2012. “Urban Soil Heterogeneity in New York City Parkland.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    Zoé Hamstead*, William Gallo, Timon McPhearson, and Peleg Kremer. 2012. “Urban ecology and health:  the role of green space in promoting physical activity among senior citizens in New York City.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    McPhearson, Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead. 2012. “Non-economic Ecosystem Services Assessment of Urban Land in the New York City Social-Ecological System.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    Kremer, Peleg*, Timon McPhearson, and Zoé Hamstead. 2012. “Social-Ecological Urban Ecosystem Valuation - A Non-Monetary Evaluation Methodology for Vacant Lots in New York City.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    McPhearson, Timon and Keith G. Tidball*. 2012. “Disturbances in Urban Social-Ecological Systems: Niche Opportunities for Environmental Education.” 4th International EcoSummit:Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services, Columbus, Ohio.

    McPhearson, Timon*. 2012. “Non‐Economic Urban Ecosystem Services Stacking in the Social‐Ecological System of New York City.” Keynote presentation at the 11th Urban Environment Symposium, Karlsruhe, Germany.

     

    McPhearson, Timon, Sanpisa Sritrairat*, Matthew Palmer, and Richard Karty. 2012. “Urban soil heterogeneity and plant-soil interactions in New York City parkland.” Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

     

    McPhearson, Timon, Peleg Kremer*, and Zoé Hamstead 2012. Non-economic ecosystem services assessment of urban land in the New York City social-ecological system. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2012.  “A social-ecological research agenda for urban ecosystem services assessment.” Invited presentation to the Urban Biome Expert Group, Ecosystem Services Partnership, Portland, Oregon.

    McPhearson, Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead.  2012. “Non-economic ecosystem services assessment of urban land in the New York City social-ecological system.” Ecosystem Services Partnership conference, Portland, Oregon.

    McPhearson, Timon and Peleg Kremer*.  2012. “New York City social-ecological systems: A Non-economic ecosystem services valuation approach.” 3rd International Urban Research Symposium, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)World Congress, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    McPhearson, Timon, Peleg Kremer*, and Zoé Hamstead.  2012. "Urban Ecosystem Services in New York City: A Social-Ecological Multi-Criteria Approach.”  International Society for Ecological Economics Conference - Ecological Economics and Rio+20: Challenges and Contributions for a Green Economy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    McPhearson, P. Timon*, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead. 2012. “Non-economic Ecosystem Services Stacking in the Social-Ecological System of New York City.” Planet Under Pressure Conference, London, UK.

    McPhearson, P. Timon, Richard Karty, and Sanpisa Sritrairat*. 2012. Urban Forest Restoration Affects Diversity and Composition of Vegetation in NYC Parks. Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Alantic Meeting, New York, NY.

     

    Falxa-Raymond*, Nancy, Matthew Palmer, P. Timon McPhearson, and Kevin Griffin. 2012. “Nitrogen Characteristics of Four Tree Species at New York City Reforestation Sites.”  Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Alantic Meeting, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, P. Timon, Peleg Kremer*, and Zoé Hamstead. 2012. “Vacant Lots and the Urban Ecosystem.” Association of American Geographers, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, P. Timon, Sanpisa Sritrairat*, and Richard Karty. 2012. “Soil Heterogeneity in Patchy Urban Ecosystems: An Analysis of Soil Carbon, Nutrients and Heavy Metal Distribution in New York City Parkland.” Association of American Geographers, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, P. Timon, Peleg Kremer*, Zoé Hamstead.  2011. “Regional Biosphere Design and Ecosystem Approaches to the Metro New York City Region.” Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, New York, NY.

     

    McPhearson, P. Timon*, Alexander Felson, Richard Karty, and Matthew I. Palmer.  2010. “Urban Forest Restoration: Assessing Effects on the Structure and Function of New York City Ecosystems.” Society for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Canada.

     

    McPhearson, P. Timon*, Matthew I. Palmer, Richard Karty, Jacqueline W.T. Lu, Michael Feller, Timothy Wenskus, and Alexander Felson.  2010.  “Assessing the Effects of MillionTreesNYC on the Structure and Function of Urban Ecosystems.”  MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: A Research Symposium, New York, NY. 

     

    Palmer, Matthew I.,* P. Timon McPhearson, Richard Karty, Jacqueline W.T. Lu, Mike Feller, Timothy Wenskus, and Alex Felson.  2010.  “Reforestation Targets for New York City.”  MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: A Research Symposium, New York, NY. 

     

     

    ECOLOGY/ART COLLABORATIONS

    Timon McPhearson* and Victoria Marshall.  2014. “Micro_Urban: Recognizing and reconceiving micro-space in the city for human and ecological health.” Cities as Living Lab (CaLL) Project, Mary Miss Studio, New York, NY.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013. “Urban Invasives: Meaning, Models, and Metaphors.” Invited guest lecture, Low Residency MFA Program, Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany.

    McPhearson, Timon*.  2013.  “Social-ecological System Complexity and Urban Resilience.”  Constructing a Place, a panel discussion with Barbara Adams, Mary Di Lucia, Maria Iñigo Clavo, Steven H. Madoff, Lize Mogel, Ernesto Pujol, Damon Rich, and Laura F. Gibellini. Spain Culture New York—Consulate General of Spain, Independent Curators International Gallery, New York, NY. http://curatorsintl.org/events/panel_discussion_construyendo_un_lugar_constructing_a_place

    McPhearson, P. Timon* and Michael Cirino*.  New York City Mud Pies or The Taste of Climate Change: Urban Reforestation in NYC.  2011.  Part of U-N-F-O-L-D: A Cultural Response to Climate Change, an exhibit with a razor, a shiny knife in partnership with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.  Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, New York City, NY.

    McPhearson, P. Timon* and Philip Silva*.  2010.  StEM: Stewardship and the Urban Forest of New York City.  iLandArt 2010 Symposium, NYC, NY.

    Michael Mandiberg* and P. Timon McPhearson.  2008.  Feedback: What does it mean to think “green?”, Exhibition of The RealCosts Carbon Calculator, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center Gallery, New York City, NY.

    Research Interests:

    Urban ecosystems, social-ecological systems, resilience, social equity, urban planning, sustainability, biodiversity conservation, urban forestry

    Awards and Honors:

    Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), National Science Foundation, PI Charles Redman, Co-PI Timon McPhearson with others. 2015. Funded: $12,000,000.

    What is urban? - Global urbanization as viewed from multiple scientific domains, Future Earth, Urban Cluster, PI Thomas Elmqvist, Co-PI Timon McPhearson with others. 2014. Funded: $75,000.

    Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene, Future Earth, Fast-track Initiative, PI Elena Bennett, Co-PI Timon McPhearson with others. 2014. Funded: $75,000.

    Scientific Support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Knowledge Generation, Future Earth, Cluster, PI Paul Leadley, Co-PI Timon McPhearson with others. 2014. Funded: $100,000.

    Global Biodiversity Monitoring, Prediction and Reporting, Future Earth, Urban Cluster, PI Walter Jetz, Co-PI Timon McPhearson with others. 2014. Funded: $100,000.

    Modeling the economic value of urban green infrastructure with Urban InVEST: A model design and development framework, Natural Areas Conservancy, Timon McPhearson, PI, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, 2014.  Funded: $24,196.

    Turning Vacant Acres into community Resources, NSPE Civic Engagement Fund, PI Timon McPhearson. 2014. Funded: $6000.

    Soil-Vegetation Dynamics and Tree Growth and Survivorship Outcomes of MillionTreesNYC Forest Restoration in New York City Parkland, Eppley Foundation for Research, Timon McPhearson, PI, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, 2013.  Funded: $25,500.

    Urban Ecology Field Experience, Civic Engagement Fund Grant, P. Timon McPhearson, PI, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School for Public Engagement, 2011.  Funded: $10,000.

     

    Current Courses

    Urban Resilience

    Ecology Lab



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