Why do we need an ecosystem approach to urban sustainability?

Professor Timon McPhearson from the New School for Public Engagement, New York, answers this.

Timon McPhearson is Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the New School for Public Engagement, New York. He studies ways to better design, restore, and build resilient and sustainable social-ecological systems. He focuses his research on understanding the linkages between urban ecological structure and function with a keen interest in the role of biodiversity and valuation of ecosystem services.

Professor McPhearson's research, teaching, and activism centers on the premise that humans are integrated components of ecosystems and therefore must recognize and take responsibility for the intimate role they play in the structuring and functioning of all ecosystems.

Prior to joining The New School, he spent three years as a Columbia University Science Fellow teaching environmental and ecological science and conducting research at Columbia's Earth Institute. He also worked as an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History´s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, is a former National Science Foundation Fellow, and continues to work with local policymakers, planners, and designers on urban sustainability research and education.

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