2017 (lab members are highlighted)

Elmqvist, T., Bai. X., Frantzeskaki, N., Griffith, C., Maddox, D., McPhearson, T., Parnell, S., Romero-Lankao, P., Simon, D., Watkins, M (eds). 2017. “Urban Planet.” Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107196933, forthcoming

McPhearson, Timon, David Iwaniec, and Xuemei Bai. “Positives visions for guiding transformations toward desirable urban futures.”  Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Special Issue), DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.04.004

Romero-Lankao, Patricia, Timon McPhearson, and Debra J. Davidson. 2017. “The food-energy-water nexus and urban complexity.” Nature Climate Change, 7:233-235, doi:10.1038/nclimate3260

Bai, Xuemei, Timon McPhearson, Helen Cleugh, Harini Nagendra, Xin Tong, Tong Zhu, Yong-Guan Zhu. 2017. “Understanding Urban-Environmental Linkages: Conceptual and Empirical Advances.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-061128

Alberti, Marina, Timon McPhearson, and Andrew Gonzalez. 2017. “Embracing urban complexity,” in Elmqvist, T. et al (eds), Urban Planet, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

McPhearson, Timon, Madhav Karki, Cecilia Herzog, Helen Santiago Fink, Luc Abbadie, Peleg Kremer, Christopher M. Clark, Matthew I. Palmer, and Katia Perini. “Urban Ecosystems and Biodiversity.” In Cynthia Rozensweig, Bill Solecki, et al. Eds, Urban Climate Change Research Network Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities (ARC3-2), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

McPhearson, Timon and Katinka Wijsman. “Transitioning Complex Urban Systems: An Urban Ecology Approach to Urban Sustainability Transitions”. In Urban Sustainability Transitions (eds. Dirk Loorbach, Niki Frantzeskaki, et al.), forthcoming from Springer.

Depietri, Yaella and Timon McPhearson. “Integrating the grey, green, and blue in cities: Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and risk reduction,” in Nadja Kabisch et al., Eds, Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas, forthcoming from Springer.

Erik Andersson, Sara Borgström, Timon McPhearson. 2017. “Double insurance in dealing with extremes – Ecological and social factors for making nature based solutions last,” in Nadja Kabisch et al., Eds, Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas, forthcoming from Springer.

Cole, Laura, Timon McPhearson, Cecilia Herzog, and Alex Kudryavtsev.  “Urban Green Infrastructure,” in A. Kudryavtsev and M. Krasny, Eds, Urban Environmental Education Review, forthcoming from Cornell University Press.


Zoé Hamstead, Timon McPhearson, and Adam Glenn.  2016.  "Climate Res􏰷ilience Means􏰷 Meaningfully E􏰻ngaging Vulnera􏰹ble Communities􏰷 in Urb􏰹an Planning Proce􏰷􏰷sses."􏰷 The Nature of Citieshttps://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/12/07/climate-resilience-means-meaningfully-engaging-vulnerable-communities-urban-planning-processes/

Olander, Lydia, Gregory W. Characklis, Patrick Comer, Micah Effron, John Gunn, Tom Holmes, Robert Johnston, James Kagan, William Lehman, John Loomis, Timon McPhearson, Anne Neale, Lauren Patterson, Leslie Richardson, Martin Ross, David Saah, Samantha Sifleet, Keith Stockmann, Dean Urban, Lisa Wainger, Robert Winthrop, and David Yoskowitz. 2016. "Data and Modeling Infrastructure for National Integration of Ecosystem Services into Decision Making: Expert Summaries." National Ecosystem Services Partnership, Working Paper 16-02. (Click here for PDF)

Timon McPhearson, Sue Parnell, David Simon, Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Owen Gaffney, Debra Roberts, and Aromar Revi. 2016. "Building Urban Science to Achieve the New Urban Agenda." The Nature of Citieshttps://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/10/24/building-urban-science-to-achieve-the-new-urban-agenda/

Johnson, Katie, Yaella Depietri, and Margaretha Breil.  2016. Multi-hazard risk assessment of two Hong Kong districts. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 19, 311–323. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.08.023 (Click here for PDF)

Groffman, Peter, Mary Cadenasso, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Daniel Childers, Nancy Grimm, Morgan Grove, Sarah Hobbie, Lucy Hutyra, Darrel Jenerette, Timon McPhearson, Diane Pataki, Steward Pickett, Richard Pouyat, Emma Rosi-Marshall, and Benjamin Ruddell. 2016. “Moving toward an Urban Systems Science.” Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s10021-016-0053-4 (Click here for PDF)

McPhearson, Timon, Sue Parnell, David Simon, Owen Gaffney, Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Debra Roberts, Aromar Revi. 2016. “Scientists must have a say in the future of cities.” Nature, 538:165-166. (Click here for PDF)

Bennett, E.M., M. Solan, R. Biggs, T. McPhearson, A. Norstrom, P. Olsson, L. Pereira, G.D. Peterson, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, F. Biermann, S. R. Carpenter, E. Ellis, T. Hichert, V. Galaz, M. Lahsen, M. Milkoreit, B. Martin-Lopez, K. A. Nicholas, R. Preiser, G. Vince, J. Vervoort, J. Xu.  2016. “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(8): 441–448, doi:10.1002/fee.1309 (Click here for PDF)

Laura Cole, Timon McPhearson, Cecilia Herzog, and Alex Russ. 2016. Accessing Urban Environmental Education Opportunities Via Green Infrastructure." The Nature of Citieshttps://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/07/03/accessing-urban-environmental-education-opportunities-via-green-infrastructure/

Larondelle, Neele, Dagmar Haase, Zoé A. Hamstead, Peleg Kremer und Timon McPhearson. 2016. “Eine neue Stadtstrukturklassifikation zur Analy- se der Beziehung zwischen ökologischer Funk- tion, Bebauung und Bodenbedeckungsstruktur: Eine vergleichende Studie von Berlin und New York City.” Stadtforschung Und Statistik 2:65-77. (Click here for PDF)

Gittleman, Mara, Carson Famer, Peleg Kremer, and Timon McPhearson. 2016.  “Estimating Stormwater Runoff for Community Gardens in New York City.” Urban Ecosystems, DOI 10.1007/s11252-016-0575-8 (Click here for PDF)

Frantzeskaki, Niki, Nadja Kabisch and Timon McPhearson. 2016. “Advancing urban environmental governance: Understanding theories, practices and processes shaping urban sustainability and resilience.” Environmental Science and Policy (Click here for PDF)

Kremer, Peleg, Zoé A. Hamstead, and Timon McPhearson.  2016. “The Value of Urban Ecosystem Services: A Spatially Explicit Multicriteria Analysis of Landscape Scale Valuation Scenarios in NYC.” Environmental Science and Policy (Special Issue), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.04.012 (Click here for PDF)

McPhearson, Timon, Dagmar Haase, Nadja Kabisch, Åsa Gren. 2016. “Advancing understanding of the complex nature of urban systems.” Ecological Indicators, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.03.054  (Click here for PDF)

Kremer, Peleg, Zoé Hamstead, Dagmar Haase, Timon McPhearson, Niki Frantzeskaki, Erik Andersson, Nadja Kabisch, Neele Larondelle, Emily Lorance Rall, Gina Avlonitis, Christine Bertram, Francesc Baró, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Asa Gren, Rieke Hansen, Anna Kaczorowska, Jaan-Henrik Kain, Jakub Kronenberg, Johannes Langemeyer, Pamela Muehlmann, Stephan Pauleit, Katrin Rehdanz, Maria Schewenius, Chantal van Ham, Annette Voigt, Daniel Wurster, Thomas Elmqvist. 2016. “Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research.” Ecology and Society, 21(2):29 http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08445-210229 (Click here for PDF)

McPhearson, Timon, Steward T.A. Pickett, Nancy Grimm, Jari Niemelä, Marina Alberti, Thomas Elmqvist, Christiane Weber, Dagmar Haase, Jürgen Breuste, and Salman Qureshi.  2015. "Advancing Urban Ecology Toward a Science of Cities." BioScience doi:10.1093/biosci/biw002  (Click here for PDF).

McPhearson, Timon, Michael Feller, Alexander Felson, Richard Karty, Jacqueline WT Lu, Matthew I Palmer, Tim Wenskus. 2016. “Assessing the effects of the urban forest restoration effort of MillionTreesNYC on the structure and functioning of New York City ecosystems,” in Urban Forests: Ecosystem Services and Management (J. Blum, ed), Apple Academic Press.


Hamstead, Zoé A., Neele Larondelle, Peleg Kremer, Timon McPhearson, and Dagmar Haase. 2015. “Classification of the heterogeneous structure of urban landscapes (STURLA) as an indicator of landscape function applied to surface temperature in New York City.” Ecological Indicators (Special Issue), in press. Click here for PDF

McHale, Melissa R., Steward TA Pickett, Olga Barbosa, David N Bunn, Mary L Cadenasso, Daniel L Childers, Meredith Gartin, George Hess, David M Iwaniec, Timon McPhearson, M. Nils Peterson, Alexandria K. Poole, Louie Rivers III, Shade T Shutters, Weiqi Zhou. 2015. “The New Global Urban Realm: Complex, Connected, Diffuse, and Diverse Social-Ecological Systems.” Sustainability (Special Issue), 2015, 7, 5211-5240. DOI: 10.3390/su7055211. Click here for PDF

Kremer, Peleg, Erik Andersson, Timon McPhearson, and Thomas Elmqvist. 2015. “Advancing the Frontier of Urban Ecosystem Services Research.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12:149-151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.01.008 Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon, Erik Andersson, Thomas Elmqvist, and Niki Frantzeskaki. 2015. “Resilience Of and Through Urban Ecosystem Services,“ Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12:152-156, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.012. Click here for PDF

Andersson, Erik, Timon McPhearson, Peleg Kremer, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Dagmar Haase, Magnus Tuvendal, and Daniel Wurster. 2015. “Scale and Context Dependence of Ecosystem Service Providing Units.“ Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12:157-164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.001. Click here for PDF

Andersson, E., Maria Tengö, Timon McPhearson and Peleg Kremer. 2015. “Cultural Ecosystem Services as a Platform for Working Towards Urban Sustainability.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12:165-168, DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.002 Click here for PDF

Hansen, Rieke, Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson, Emily Rall, Nadja Kabisch Anna Kaczorowska, Jaan-Henrik Kain, , Martina Artmann, and Stephan Pauleit. 2015. “The uptake of the ecosystem services concept in planning discourses of European and American cities.” Ecosystem Services (Special Issue) 12: 228-246, doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.013. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon and Victorial Marshall. 2015. “Micro_Urban: The Ecological and Social Potential of Small-Scale Urban Spaces”. The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/01/03/micro_urban-the-ecological-andsocial- potential-of-small-scale-urban-spaces/ Also republished at SustainableCitiesCollective.com


McPhearson, Timon, Zoé Hamstead, and Peleg Kremer. 2014. “Urban Ecosystem Services for Resilience Planning and Management in New York City.” AMBIO (Special Issue) 43:502–515. DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0509-8 Click here for PDF

Larondelle, Neele, Hamstead, Zoé A., Peleg Kremer, Dagmar Haase, and Timon McPhearson. 2014. “Applying a novel urban structure classification to compare the relationships of urban structure and surface temperature in Berlin and New York City.” Applied Geography 53: 427-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.07.004 Click here for PDF

Haase, Dagmar, Neele Larondelle, Erik Andersson, Martina Artmann, Sarah Borgström, Jürgen Breuste, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Åsa Gren, Zoé Hamstead, Rieke Hansen, Nadja Kabisch, Peleg Kremer, Johannes Langemeyer, Emily Lorance Rall, Timon McPhearson, Stephan Pauleit, Salman Qureshi, Nina Schwarz, Annette Voigt, Daniel Wurster, and Thomas Elmqvist.  2014. “A Quantitative Review of Urban Ecosystem Services Assessments: Concepts, Models, and Implementation.” AMBIO (Special Issue) 43:413–433, DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0504-0 Click here for PDF

Schewenius, Maria, Timon McPhearson, and Thomas Elmqvist. 2014. “Opportunities for Increasing Resilience and Sustainabilityof Urban Social–Ecological Systems: Insights from the URBES and the Cities Biodiversity Outlook Projects.” AMBIO (Special Issue) 43:434-444, DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0505-z Click here for PDF

Falxa-Raymond, Nancy, Matthew I. Palmer, Timon McPhearson, and Kevin Griffith. 2014. “Foliar Nitrogen Characteristics of Four Tree Species Planted in New York City Forest Restoration Sites.” Urban Ecosystems 1-18, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11252-014-0346-3 Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon. 2014. “The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning”. The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2014/06/08/the-rise-of-resilience-linkingresilience-and-sustainability-in-city-planning. Also republished on GetResilient.com, SustainableCitiesCollective.com, and UrbanTimes.com

McPhearson, Timon. 2014. An Urban Ecology Approach to “The Future We Want”. Revolve Magazine 11:18-24. http://www.revolve-magazine.com/home/2014/06/20/urban-ecology-anapproach-to-the-future-we-want/ Click here for PDF

Haase, Dagmar, Timon McPhearson, Anna Kaczorowska, Niki Frantzeskaki. 2014. “Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes: Practical Applications and Governance Implications.” Urbanization and Global Environmental Change: Viewpoints, Spring 2014. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon. 2014. “How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones?” The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=6501

McPhearson, Timon. 2014. “Many believe that better information on the monetary value of ecosystem services is critical for getting cities to adopt more green infrastructure solutions”. The Nature of Cities, http://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=5792

Pickett, Steward T.A., Kenneth T. Belt, Geoffrey Bukley, Timothy Carter, Edward J.Doheny, Erle C. Ellis, Peter M. Groffman, Gordon M. Heisler, Brian P. McGrath, Timon McPhearson, Katalin Szlavecz, and Jonathan M. Walsh. 2014. BES UrbanLexicon: Concepts for the Interdisciplinary Study of Urban Ecology. Baltimore Ecosystem Study, ISBN 978-1-312-39712-5. Click here for PDF


McPhearson, Timon, Peleg Kremer, and Zoé Hamstead. 2013. “Mapping Ecosystem Services in New York City: Applying a Social-Ecological Approach in Urban Vacant Land.” Ecosystem Services 5:11-26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.06.005 Click here for PDF

Kremer, Peleg, Zoé Hamstead, and Timon McPhearson. 2013.  “A Social-Ecological Assessment of Vacant Lots in New York City.” Landscape and Urban Planning 120:218-233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.05.003 Click here for PDF

Crossman, Neville, Benjamin Burkhard, Stoyan Nedkov, Louise Willemen, Katalin Petz, Ignacio Palomo, Evangelia G. Drakou, Berta Martín-Lopez, Timon McPhearson, Kremena Boyanova, Rob Alkemade, Benis Egoh, Martha Dunbar, Joachim Maes. 2013. “A blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services.” Ecosystem Services 44-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.02.001 Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon, David Maddox, Bram Gunther, and David Bragdon. 2013. “New York City Biodiversity, Green Space, and Ecosystem Services”, In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.355- 383, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_19 Click here for Chapter

McPhearson, Timon, Roger Auch, and Marina Alberti. 2013. “Urbanization trends, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services in North America,” In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.279-286, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_14 Click here for Chapter

Gómez-Baggethun, Erik, Åsa Gren, David N. Barton, Johannes Langemeyer, Timon McPhearson, Patrick O’Farrell, Erik Andersson, Zoé Hamstead, and Peleg Kremer. 2013. “Urban Ecosystem Services,” In, Cities and Biodiversity Outlook: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, (Eds: Thomas Elmqvist, Michail Fragkias, Julie Goodness, Burak Güneralp, Peter J. Marcotullio, Robert I. McDonald, Susan Parnell, Maria Schewenius, Marte Sendstad, Karen C. Seto, Cathy Wilkinson), Springer Netherlands, pp.175-251, DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_11 Click here for Book

McPhearson, Timon and Keith G. Tidball. 2013. “Disturbances in Urban Social- Ecological Systems: Niche Opportunities for Environmental Education” In, Trading Zones in Environmental Education: Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue, eds. Marianne Krasny and Justin Dillon. Peter Lang, New York. Click here for Chapter

McPhearson, Timon. 2013. “Getting Beyond Plant PR: Accounting for Both Services and Disservices of Urban Green Infrastructure.” The Nature of Citieshttp://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=3425 

McPhearson, Timon. 2013. “Wicked Problems, Social-ecological Systems, and the Utility of Systems Thinking.” The Nature of Citieshttp://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=2180 


McPhearson, Timon. 2012. “Cities as Highly Functional Socio-Ecological Systems: Solving the Environmental Crisis with a Tree?” Scapes 8: 30-37. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, Timon. 2012. “Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits.” The Nature of Citieshttp://www.thenatureofcities.com/?p=656 


McPhearson, P. Timon. 2011. “Toward a Sustainable New York City: Greening Through Urban Forest Restoration.” In, The Triple Bottom Line: Sustainability Principles, Practice, and Perspective in America’s Cities (M. Slavin, editor), pp181-204, Island Press, Washington, D.C. Click here for Chapter

2010 and earlier

McPhearson, P. Timon, Mike Feller, Alex Felson, Richard Karty, Jacqueline Lu, Matthew Palmer, and Timothy Wenskus.  2010.  “Assessing the Effects of Urban Forest Restoration Effort of MillionTreesNYC on the Structure and Functioning of New York City Ecosystems.” Cities and the Environment 3(1): Article 7, 21pp. Click here for PDF

Campbell, Lindsay, Cristiana Fragola, Marianne Krasny, Gina Lovasi, Jacqueline W.T. Lu, David Maddox, Simon McDonnell, P. Timon McPhearson, Franco Montalto, Andrew Newman, Ellen Pehek, Ruth A. Rae, Megan Shane, Richard Stedman, Erika Svendsen, Keith G. Tidball, Lynne Westphal, and Tom Whitlow (authors listed alphabetically). 2010. "MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: Building a Research Agenda", MillionTreesNYC Advisory Board Research & Evaluation Subcommittee, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City, NY. Click here for PDF

Horning, Ned, P. Timon McPhearson, and Osman C. Wallace. 2009. "An Introduction to Remote Sensing." Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Click here for link to request PDF

McPhearson, P. Timon, Stuart P.D. Gill, Robert Pollack, and Julia E. Sable. 2008. “Increasing Scientific Literacy in Undergraduate Education: A Case Study from ‘Frontiers of Science’ at Columbia University.” In, A Vision of Transdisciplinarity: Laying Foundations for a World Knowledge Dialogue (Eds. Frédéric Darbellay, Moira Cockell,Jérôme Billotte, and Francis Waldvogel), EPFL Press, Switzerland. Click here for Chapter

Johnson, Elizabeth A. and P. Timon McPhearson. 2007. "Protecting Nature in Your Community." Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, P. Timon and Osman C. Wallace. 2007. "Application of Remote Sensing to Biodiversity Conservation." Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, P. Timon. 2006. Contributing author to Legacy: Conserving New York State’s Biodiversity (eds Johnson, E.A., and D. Smith). American Museum of Natural History, New York State Biodiversity Research Institute, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York Natural Heritage Program, and The Nature Conservancy, Albany, New York. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, P. Timon. 2004. "The Complexity of Cooperation in Ecological Communities." Ph.D. Dissertation. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ. Click here for PDF

McPhearson, P. Timon and Peter J. Morin. 2003. Review of “The importance of species: Perspectives on expendability and triage,” P. Karieva and S.A. Levin (ads). Integrative and Comparative Biology 43:603. Click here for PDF

Petchey, Owen L., Tim Casey, Lin Jiang, P. Timon McPhearson and Jennifer Price.  2002.  “Species richness, environmental fluctuations, and temporal change in total community biomass.” Oikos 99: 231-240. Click here for PDF

Petchey, Owen L., P. Timon McPhearson, Tim M. Casey, and Peter J. Morin.  1999.  “Environmental warming alters food-web structure and ecosystem function.” Nature 420:69-72. Click here for PDF