Dr. Melissa McHale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, at Colorado State University, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Wits City Institute, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She received a PhD in Ecology at Colorado State University studying urban carbon dynamics and the cost-effectiveness of urban carbon credit programs. Her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research site, Arizona State University, led to pioneering multi-disciplinary studies on ecosystem services of urban landscapes and advanced carbon budget analyses for cities. From 2008-2016, Dr. McHale served as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University, where she developed an innovative urban ecological research and education lab. Under the direction of Dr. McHale, students developed policy-relevant and interdisciplinary research projects designed to guide decision-making in cities. Her transdisciplinary research program in South Africa, called IMAGINE, fosters partnerships between scientists and communities to study and influence sustainable urbanization processes and the development of resilient social-ecological systems. Dr. McHale’s international program provides students with unique opportunities to work with underprivileged communities on their greatest sustainability challenges.