*NSF Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity*






The Urban Ecology Lab through the NSF URExSRN Project is excited to offer an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (including stipend and tuition) for PhDs to join the project.  We will also be hiring an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the URExSRN Project. PhDs can apply directly to the Milano or NSSRschools and mention this funding opportunity in your cover letter. Postdoctoral Fellow applicants can apply directly through this link on New School’s HR site (coming soon). Feel free to contact Timon for more information.

Urban Nature Symposium

October 17, 2015, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm - The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson / J.M Kaplan Hall





The Urban Nature Symposium, organized in collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York (FCINY) and the Environmental Studies Program at The New School, will explore themes of urban ecology, energy, planning and art as they relate to and utilize urban nature. Participants will explore the city as a place for encountering nature and culture, as well as consider the significance of local nature in creating enjoyable, livable habitat for urban residents.

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Welcome to our newest lab member Yaella Depietri

Yaella earned her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) (Spain) in 2015. Her PhD has been carried out in collaboration with the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn (Germany).  She focuses on urban vulnerability and ecosystem services.

What is URExSRN?





The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) is a team of 50 researchers and practitioners from 15 different institutions headquartered at Arizona State University.

Update on Future Earth Urban Platform 






The Livable Urban Futures FTI/Cluster Activity, a collaboration between the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, kicked off with a three-day Scoping Meeting at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA from March 11-13, 2015.

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Launch of the UREx Project







The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) consists of  50 researchers from 15 institutions facing the challenges of extreme weather and changing the way we think about urban infrastructure. The SRN team will develop methods and tools to assess how infrastructure can become more resilient, providing ecosystem services, in an effort to improve social well-being.  

You can see much more about our project on our website, recent press in NextCity, Climate Wire, additional press here and here, project video, NSF announcement, and on our Twitter page @URExSRN

The URBIS Dialogues Webinar

August 4, 2015




This webinar is the 4th in a 15-part 2015/16 URBIS Dialogue Series, and the first of several on ecosystem services. It will take a broad view of the idea of ecosystem services and how to approach assessing the current state of biodiversity and ecosystem services in cities. 
Webinar Lead: David Maddox - Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Nature of Cities Principal, Urban Oikos Partners LLC and URBIS Advisory Board Chair

-Dr. Lindsay K. Campbell - Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.
-Dr. Lena Chan - Director of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), National Parks Board of Singapore. 
-Dr. Timon McPhearson - Assistant professor of Urban Ecology at The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center, New York City. 

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Launch of the NESP US Federal Guidebook




Timon McPhearson contributed to the new guidebook for the U.S. Federal Government on ecosystem services, launched by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP)

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100th ESA Annual Meeting

August 9-14, 2015 - Baltimore, MD

UCCRN launch of regional hub in Paris

July 9, 2014 - Paris, France










Panel discussion on Urban Transistions in the face of Climate Change and UCCRN's role in facilitating interactions between city stakeholders and scientists. 

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#Earth Matters: Designing our Future

April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am to 8:00 pm - Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY






In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) hosted Earth Matters: Designing our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop up classes, and discussions on climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines.

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Natural Capital Symposium

March 23-25, 2015 - Stanford University




Timon McPhearson gave a keynote on urban ecosystem services at the 2015 Natural Capital Symposium, which took place at Stanford University, March 23-25. The symposium gathered people from around the world who are working to factor the true value of nature into decision-making.

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URBES Final Conference: Nature's Solutions for European Urban Areas

January 14, 2015 - Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU






The URBES Project's final meeting, which took place at the European Commission and also hosted by Biodiversa and the  Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU on Wednesday, 14 January, was an opportunity to share the multiple research outcomes from the project and identify areas for future collaboration in the context of Future Earth to demonstrate the value of nature for urban areas.

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Cities as a Living Lab (CaLL) Project

2014 ongoing - Mary Miss Studio, New York, NY





Timon McPhearson and Victoria Marshall collaborating on the Cities as a Living Lab (CaLL) Project with Mary Miss Studio through their contribution “Micro_Urban: Recognizing and reconceiving micro-space in the city for human and ecological health.”

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Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Conference

November 6-8, 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan




Timon McPhearson presented in a panel on "Taking Advantage of BIG DATA and the Internet of Things to Advance the Social-Ecological Study of Urban System Complexity."

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Ecosystem Services Partnership, 7th Annual Meeting

September 8-12, 2014 -  San José, Costa Rica



Zoé Hamstead presenting on "Decision-support tools for ecosystem services: developing generalizable approaches."

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Association for Environmental Studies and Science Annual Meeting

June 11-14, 2014 - PACE University, New York City

Zoé Hamstead presenting on "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."

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Resilience 2014 Conference

May 4-8, 2014 - Montpellier, France



Timon McPhearson presenting his paper "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".  He also presented on "Resilience Of and Through Urban Ecosystems", invited presentation for session: "Transformative capacities and urban dialogues at the forefront of resilience and sustainability-challenges and opportunities in urban planning." Peleg Kremer presenting on "Ecosystem Services in the New York City Social-ecological System: Multi-criteria analysis, tradeoffs and synergies."

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Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium

January 24, 2014 - Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT





Peleg Kremer and Zoé Hamstead presenting lab research on "Urban Ecosystem Services and Social-Ecological Research in New York City." 

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Society for Urban Ecology, 1st World Congress

July 25-27, 2013 - Berlin, Germany 







Timon McPhearson as Symposium Chair and Speaker on "Methodological and theoretical approaches for dealing with socio-ecological complexity of urban areas" and on "Identifying hotspots for social ecological transformation: A multi-criteria approach  to assessing urban ecosystem services." Erik Andersson on "What does it take to ensure generation of and access to ecosystem services?" Zoé Hamstead on "Deriving evaluation units for ecosystem services in urban areas." Rieke Hansen on "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." Johannes Langemeyer on "Multi-criteria framework for enhancing relevance of urban ecosystem service assessments for policy-making."

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Constructing a Place, a panel discussion

January 27, 2013 - TEMP Art Space, 57 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013




Conceived as a transdisciplinary discussion, this event is considered as an extension of the dialogue that started in the book by Laura F. Gibellini Construyendo un Lugar / Constructing a Place and aims to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice, and to explore the visualization or materialization of such a bond.The panel at TEMP will address issues, such as the overlap between projection, practice, and representation. Panelists came from a variety of disciplines such as writing, ecology, sociology, poetry, performance, art, and cartography, including The New School's Timon McPhearson.

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4th International EcoSummit: Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet's Ecosystem Services

September 30 - October 5, 2012 - Columbus, Ohio


Timon McPhearson presenting on "Assessing Urban Forest Restoration Effects on Vegetation Dynamics and Plant-Soil Interactions in New York City Urban Parkland" and "Non-economic Ecosystem Services Assessment of Urban Land in New York City Social-Ecological System." Sanpisa Sritrairat presenting on "Urban Soil Heterogeneity in New York City Parkland." Zoé Hamstead on "Urban Ecology and health: the role of green space in promoting physical activity among senior citizens in New York City." Peleg Kremer on "Social-Ecological Urban Ecosystem Valuation - A Non-Monetary Evaluation Methodology for Vacant Lot in New York City." Keith Tidball on "Disturbances in Urban Social-Ecological Systems: Niche Opportunities for Environmental Education."

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11th Urban Environment Symposium

September 16-19, 2012 - Karlsruhe, Germany

Keynote presentation on "Non-Economic Urban Ecosystem Services Stacking in the Social Ecological System of New York City" by Timon McPhearson.

Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

July 31 - August 3, 2012 -  Portland, Oregon

Timon McPhearson invited presentation to the Urban Biome Expert Group on "A social-ecological research agenda for urban ecosystem services assessment" and presentation on "Non-economic ecosystem services  assessment of urban land in the New York City social-ecological system." Sanpisa Sritrairat on "Urban soil heterogeneity and plant-soil interactions in New York City parkland." Peleg Kremer on "Non-economic ecosystem services assessment of urban land in the New York City social-ecological system." 

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International Society for Ecological Economics Conference-Ecological Economics and Rio+20: Challenges and Contributions for a Green Economy

June 16-19, 2012 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Peleg Kremer presenting on "Urban Ecosystem Services in New York City: A Social-Ecological Multi-Criteria Approach."

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3rd International Urban Research Symposium, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress

June 14-17, 2012 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil 

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Peleg Kremer presenting on "New York City social-ecological systems: A Non-economic ecosystem services valuation approach."

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Gowanus your face off - An ecological approach to improving resilience and sustainability in NYC, P. Timon McPhearson, PHD

May 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm - 61 Local Mezzanine, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn







Join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy at their first Wednesday night lecture to promote awareness of local ecological issues and raise community environmental consciousness. Doctor McPhearson will discuss our life’s in the Anthropocene; an increasingly urban, interconnected and changing world. Over the last few decades there has been increasing recognition that human population expansion and development is reshaping the ecology of the entire planet. Given global urbanization trends compounded by other environmental pressures, the primary dynamic that must be understood for increasing urban sustainability and resilience is the social-ecological relationships between humans and the urban ecosystems. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

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Planet Under Pressure Conference

March 26-29, 2012 - London, UK


Timon McPhearson, Peleg Kremer and Zoé Hemstead presentws on "Non-economic Ecosystem Services Stacking in the Social-Ecological System of New York City."

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Society for Ecological Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Meeting

March 22-24, 2012 - Brooklyn College, New York City






Sanpisa Sritrairat on "Urban Forest Restoration Affects Diversity and Composition of Vegetation in NYC Parks."

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MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: A Research Symposium

March 5-6, 2010 - New York City



MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. At the research symposium, Timon McPhearson presented on "Assessing the Effects of MillionTreesNYC on the Structure and Function of Urban Ecosystems."

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