Timon is an associate research fellow at the centre working within the urban theme specifically on urban ecosystem services and urban resilience research. His research has advanced the urban ecology theory in a recent 2016 BioScience paper, and has published critical positioning papers for urban ecology and resilience research at SRC in Nature and Nature Climate Change in 2016 and 2017.
He is currently a co-PI of the three-year ENABLE project funded by Biodiversa and the European Commission and led by Centre researcher Erik Andersson. He is also co-PI of the Urban Resilience to Weather-related Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network, which is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation for five years to advance urban resilience research and practice in 10 US and Latin American cities.
He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Urban Planet which is lead by SRC’s Thomas Elmqvist, and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
He writes regularly for The Nature of Cities and his research is covered widely in the press including in in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, CityScope, Urban Omnibus, Curbed, and more.
Timon received his PhD from Rutgers University in the Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources program in 2004 and his BSc in Environmental Biology from Taylor University in 1997. After his PhD he spent time as a Biodiversity Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. From there he was a postdoctoral Columbia Science Fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute from 2005-2008, and was visiting professor at Columbia University in 2008-2009. In 2008 he joined the faculty at The New School in downtown Manhattan, New York City as an Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology. In 2015 he became Chair of the Environmental Studies program at The New School and in 2016 became Associate Professor (w tenure).
Currently Timon is also a senior research fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York and Science Advisor at Quantified Planet and the Global Goals Lab.
He is also director at the Urban Systems Lab, where he leads a research team of faculty, postdocs, PhD, Masters, and Undergraduate students in advancing urban social-ecological-technical systems reseach for improving urban resilience, equity, livability, and sustainability.
Timon is a member of the Urban Heat Island Task force of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a member of the Core Development team of the Future Earth Urban Knowledge Action Network (KAN), and on the Advisory Boards of the USDA Forest Service, STEW-MAP Project, Natural Areas Conservancy of New York City. He is a reviewer for over 30 peer-reviewed journals, is associate editor for the Journal of Urban Ecology, and regular serves as a guest editor for special issues.
Research news | 2019-06-03
Rotterdam and New York are global pioneers in urban climate adaption, but mainstreaming their sustainability strategies remains a struggle
Research news | 2019-04-17
Recognised for their outstanding contributions to ecology
Research news | 2019-04-09
Researchers present a new framework to resolve this question
Research news | 2019-01-30
When it comes to efforts to improve health and well-being of city-dwellers, same approach can have varying effects in different areas and with different groups of people
2019 - Journal / article
Nature-based solutions offer an exciting prospect for resilience building and advancing urban planning to address complex urban challenges simultaneously. In this article, we formulated through a coproduction process in workshops held during the first IPCC Cities and Climate Science Conference in Edmonton, Canada, in March 2018, a series of synthesis statements on the role, potential, and research gaps of nature-based solution...
2019 - Journal / article
Climate change actions in cities worldwide are driving deep changes in urban governance. We ask whether new capacities for transformative climate governance are emerging in two cities that have experimented with urban climate governance: Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and New York City (NYC), United States. Transformative climate governance creates the conditions for developing integrated and innovative climate mitigation and ada...
2019 - Report
We have entered the urban century and addressing a broad suite of sustainability challenges in urban areas is increasingly key for our chances to transform the entire planet towards sustainability. For example, cities are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, 90% of urban areas are situated on coastlines, making the majority of the world’s population increasingly vulnerable to climate ch...
2019 - Journal / article
Urban nature has the potential to improve air and water quality, mitigate flooding, enhance physical and mental health, and promote social and cultural well-being. However, the value of urban ecosystem services remains highly uncertain, especially across the diverse social, ecological and technological contexts represented in cities around the world. We review and synthesize research on the contextual factors that moderate the...