Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES)
URBES is a three-year collaborative research project funded by BiodivERsA that aims to bridge the knowledge gap on the links between urbanization, ecosystem services and biodiversity. As a project member my responsibilities include developing research method, tools and case studies for the application of urban ecosystem services in policy and decision making and participating in the dissemination of the knowledge developed. For example, I co-author two articles prepared for an URBES special issue to be published in AMBIO and a co-editor on a second special issue to be published in Ecosystem Services.
The Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS)
The URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. It is a collaborative process led by ICLEI under a mandate from the CBD to recognize urban centers that actively promote urban sustainability. As a scientist partner, I participate in supporting the development of applicable knowledge and tools to help cities develop urban sustainable planning and practices. For example, I participated in an URBIS workshop in Jerusalem, Israel to initiate an URBIS planning process for the city.
Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)
UCCRN is a consortium of individuals and institutions dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation from an urban perspective. Together with experts from around the world, I am a co-author of the new chapter about climate change and urban ecology and ecosystem services being introduced in the second assessment report of Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2).
Tishman Environment and Design Center
The New School, 79 5th Ave.
New York,NY 302-981-9713
EDUCATION2011 - PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), University of Delaware - Newark, DE
Dissertation topic: Local Food Systems as a Strategy for Sustainability: Analysis of Scale Dependent Sustainable Urban Food System
Adviser: Dr. Yda Schreuder, Department of Geography2005 -MA in Geography and the Human Environment; Magna Cum Laude
Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv, Israel
Thesis topic: Land Use Planning Policy in Israel for Major Hazardous Materials Accidents
Adviser: Dr. Shmuel Brenner2000 - BSc AGR in Agricultural Economics and Management
Major: Agriculture & Environmental Quality
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Rehovot, Israel
- Urban sustainability and sustainable development
- Environmental policy and planning
- Environment and Society
- Introduction and advanced GIS
- Spatial analysis of urban and environmental systems
- Environmental and resource conservation
- Ecological economics
- Urban Geography
- Economic geography
GIS UENV 3200
UENV 3501 (Spring 2014)
As a broadly trained social scientist, environmental scholar, and geographer, I specialize in social-ecological urban systems, urban sustainability and environmental policy with background in the natural sciences and strong skills in spatial analysis, including GIS, remote sensing and their integration for the purposes of quantitative urban sustainability research. In my academic work I pursue a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways human society interacts with the natural environment, and of the theoretical, ethical and practical implications of these interactions for the ever growing urban population.I currently focus on the social-ecological study of urban systems- the study of the relationships between urban nature, the built environment and socioeconomic characteristics of urban populations.
Going forward, a central focus of my research is analysis of social-ecological urban systems, local and regional sustainability, and the development of knowledge that promotes sustainability within the urban sphere. I see the interconnected issues of energy and the environment and their social and economic implications as one of the biggest challenges we face today. Tying together the emerging research on ecosystem services with questions of environmental planning, urban sustainability, sustainable food systems, and spatial structures is guiding my research over the next few years.
- Urban sustainability
- Urban social-ecological systems
- Spatial analysis of urban environments
- GIS and remote sensing
- Food system sustainability and urban food systems
- Environmental policy and planning
- Urban geography
- Economic geography
- Hamstead Z., Kremer P., Larondelle N., McPhearson T., Hasse D. (in review). A classification approach for relating surface temperature to urban structure at multiple scales. Landscape and Urban Planning.
- Anderson E., McPhearson T., Kremer P., et al. (In Press). Scale and context dependence of ecosystem service providing units. Ecosystem Services. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.001 This manuscript is part of a special issue of Ecosystem Services co-edited by Andersson E., McPhearson T., Kremer P., and Elmquist T.
- Andersson E., McPhearson T., Kremer P. (In Press). Cultural ecosystem services as a gateway for improving urban sustainability. Ecosystem services. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.002 This manuscript is part of a special issue of Ecosystem Services co-edited by Andersson E., McPhearson T., Kremer P., and Elmquist T.
- Larondelle N., Hamstead Z., Kremer P., McPhearson T., Hasse D. (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://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0143622814001593
- McPhearson T., Hamstead Z., Kremer P. (2014). Urban Ecosystem Services for Resilience Planning and Management in New York City. AMBIO. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13280-014-0509-8
- Hasse, D. Larondelle N., Anderson E., Artmann M., Breuste J., Pauleit S., Lorance E., Kremer P., Langemeyer J., Schwarz N., Elmqvist T., et al. (2014). A quantitative review of urban ecosystem services assessment: concepts, models and implementation. AMBIO. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13280-014-0504-0
- Kremer P., Hamstead Z., McPhearson T., (2013). A social-ecological assessment of vacant lots in New York City. Landscape and Urban Planning 120 pp. 218-233.
- McPhearson T., Kremer P., Hamstead Z. (2013). Mapping Ecosystem Services in New York City: Applying a Social-Ecological Approach in Urban Vacant Land. Ecosystem Services 5 pp. 11-26.
- Gómez-Baggethun E., Gren Å, David N. Barton D.N., Langemeyer J, McPhearson T, O’Farrell P, Andersson E., Hamstead Z., and Kremer P. (2013). Urban Ecosystem Services, In, Elmqvist, Th.; Fragkias, M.; Goodness, J.; Güneralp, B.; Marcotullio, P.J.; McDonald, R.I.; Parnell, S.; Sendstad, M.; Schewenius, M.; Seto, K.C.; Wilkinson, C. (Eds.) Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities A Global Assessment. Springer.
- Kremer, P., Schreuder, Y. (2012). The Feasibility of Regional Food Systems in Metropolitan Areas: an Investigation of Philadelphia's Foodshed. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 2:2 pp. 171–191.
- Kremer, P., DeLiberty T., Schreuder, Y., (2012). Defining Local Food Systems. In: Reid N., Gatrell J., and Ross P. (Eds). Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions: Concepts, Spatial Context, and Local Practices. Ashgate Publishing.
- Kremer, P., DeLiberty, T. (2011). Local Food Practices and Growing Potential: Mapping the Case of Philadelphia. Journal of Applied Geography 31:4 pp. 1252-1261.
I am an environmental scholar, social scientist and geographer studying urban sustainability, social-ecological urban system, urban food systems, and socio-spatial aspects of environmental planning for sustainability. My current research includes conceptual and empirical quantitative investigations of urban ecosystem services (UES) as they interact with the urban social-ecological system. In particular, I am interested in questions of scale, thresholds, tradeoffs and synergies in the supply and demand of UES, access to and the distribution of UES, the relationship between urban structure and the provision of UES as well as the influence of land change and development policies on UES. I earned my PhD from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware working on local food systems as a strategy for urban sustainability and recently finished my post-doctoral fellowship in Urban Ecosystems at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School University in New York City.