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Timon McPhearson

Associate Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, Schools of Public Engagement
Timon McPhearson is director of the Urban Systems Lab, associate professor of Urban Ecology at the New School’s Environmental Studies program, and research faculty at Tishman Environment and Design Center. In 2017 he was awarded The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award and in 2018 became a member of the IPCC and lead author for the urban systems chapter. He investigates the ecology in, of, and for cities and teaches urban resilience, systems thinking, and urban ecology. Dr. McPhearson is a member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), and the Urban Heat Island Task Force in the New York City Mayor's Office for Recovery and Resiliency. He co-leads the US NSF Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-related Events Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) (2015-2020) and ENABLE project (2017-2020). His work is published in scientific journals (Nature, Nature Climate Change, BioScience, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution), in books (Urban Planet, Sustainability in America’s Cities, Urban Sustainability Transitions), popular press (The Nature of Cities), and covered by the New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, and more. He is a senior research fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, and associate research fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University in Sweden.