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Solecki’s research focuses on urban environmental change, resilience, and adaptation transitions. He currently is a Professor within the Department of Geography at Hunter College-City University of New York. From 2006-2014, he served as the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College. He also served as interim Director of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. He has co-lead several climate impacts studies in the greater New York and New Jersey region, including the New York City on Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). He recently was a lead author of the IPCC, Working Group II, Urban Areas chapter (chapter 8) and a coordinating lead author of the US National Climate Assessment, Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability chapter (chapter 11). He is a co-founder of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), co-editor of Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, and founding editor of the Journal of Extreme Events. He holds degrees in Geography from Columbia University (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, PhD).

Dr. William Solecki
Professor and Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
Title Sponsor(s)
Long Island 2035: Building Public Consensus around a Sustainable Future, Phase I New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), Research and Innovative Technology Administration / USDOT (RITA)