Associate research fellow

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Profile summary

  • Urban resilience
  • Ecosystem services
  • Climate change in cities
  • Urban futures
  • Scenario modeling
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Sustainability

Timon McPhearson's research focuses on nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation in cities

McPhearson 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 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.

McPhearson received his PhD from Rutgers University in the Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources programme 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.

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