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.
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...
2018 - Book chapter
The rapid urbanization associated with the Anthropocene provides an imperative for humans to think diff erently about the future. The “seeds” approach describes how niche experiments can, over time, coalesce to shift the dominant regime onto a more sustainable trajectory. Urban transformations are complex phenomena; the seeds approach is a tool that can help us understand how transformations occur and how to nudge them towards...
2018 - Journal / article
We see two related, but not well-linked fields that together could help us better understand biodiversity and how it, over time, provides benefits to people. The affordances approach in environmental psychology offers a way to understand our perceptual appraisal of landscapes and biodiversity and, to some extent, intentional choice or behavior, i.e., a way of relating the individual to the system s/he/it lives in. In the field...
2018 - Journal / article
Cities are currently experiencing serious, multifaceted impacts from global environmental change, especially climate change, and the degree to which they will need to cope with and adapt to such challenges will continue to increase. A complex systems approach inspired by evolutionary theory can inform strategies for policies and interventions to deal with growing urban vulnerabilities. Such an approach would guide the design o...