Richard is consultant on urban climate adaptation with the BUND (German Association for Environmental and Nature Conservation) Berlin chapter and speaker of its Water Working Group (site is in German; English auto-translation is here). In New York City he taught and conducted research on urban ecosystems at the New School’s Urban Systems Lab in a partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the NYC Parks Department, and was project manager for nature-based climate adaptation solutions at an environmental planning and engineering firm. Prior to that he was a researcher at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications. His Ph.D. is from Yale University, where his research focused on streamside buffer zone ecosystems in urban and rural areas in Connecticut. He also conducted field research on community forest management in Papua New Guinea and Kalimantan, Indonesia. He holds an M.S. in plant biology and cultural botany (New York University / New York Botanical Garden) and a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media Studies (Brown University).