URBAN BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
The majority of the world’s human population currently lives in cities, where the loss of natural habitat often leads to the loss of native biodiversity, changes in ecosystem processes, and effects on human health and well-being. However, the distribution of biodiversity within cities varies, along with their associated ecosystem services. A better understanding of the factors driving this within-city variation (and the spatial scales on which they are important) would inform local urban land use and land management decisions. This is an interdisciplinary project combining biodiversity data, land cover data, and census data in hundreds of cities across the contiguous United States.
Dybala KE, Costanza J, Jones HP, Harris DJ, Mudrak E, Jha S (In review) Bird richness responds to landscape and human demography on fine spatial scales within cities across the contiguous United States.