William Duncan Solecki is Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College, Department of Geography, City University of New York–Hunter College, New York, NY. In 2013 Dr. Solecki was appointed Interim Director of the Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay, 9 Institution. Dr. Solecki holds degrees in Geography from Columbia University (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, PhD). Dr. Solecki’s research focuses on urban environmental change and urban land use and urbanization. He currently is a member of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Megacity Study Group and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP), Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Scientific Steering Committee. He has served on several U.S. National Research Council committees including the Special Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE) and he is a co-leader of several climate impacts and land use studies in the New York metropolitan region. He is currently a lead author of the IPCC, Working Group II, Urban Areas chapter (chapter 8).