Professor Peter J. Marcotullio is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Hunter College Departments of Geography and Urban Affairs and Planning, as well in the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. He is also Senior Fellow at the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Department of Urban Planning. Prior to returning to New York City, Dr. Marcotullio was Professor of Urban Planning, Urban Engineering Department, University of Tokyo, and held several positions at the United Nations University. Professor Marcotullio’s interests include urban environmental transitions, globalization and urban change, ecosystem approaches to urban and regional environmental planning and management and impacts of urbanization on the environment. He teaches Introduction to environmental planning, Nature and environment in New York City, Urbanization’s Impact on the Environment and Globalization and Urban Development. He has received grants and awards from Asia-Pacific Network for Global Environmental Change Research, ASEAN Secretariat, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Japan Foundation – Center for Global Partnership, and Columbia University. He has over 50 publications including peer-reviewed journals articles, book chapters and research reports. His edited volumes include, (2009) Connected Cities: Hinterlands, Hierarchies, Networks and Beyond, Sage publications, with Michael Douglass, Scaling Urban Environmental Challenges: From Local to Global and Back, (2007), Earthscan, James & James, Pub, with Gordon McGranahan, Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American, and European Perspectives on Managing Urban Regions (2004), Ashgate Publishing Limited, with Andre Sorenson and Jill Grant, and Globalization and the Sustainability of Cities in the Asia Pacific Region (2001) UNU Press, with Fu-chen Lo.