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Urban ecology: its nature and challenges.

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Discussions on urban ecology, as provided in this book, provide information on many foundational elements and formative forces in action in urban environments. In addition, the information provided demonstrates the importance and implications of urbanization-induced changes to the interactions between people and nature. However, it suggests that the importance of urban green spaces in enhancing ur...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Urban ecology: what is it and why do we need it?

The growth in interest in urban ecology is well founded given patterns of human migration in the past century, migration that continues to accelerate along with other drivers of change in the Anthropocene. This chapter provides information on urban ecology, such as growth and rationale, physical environment of cities, urban ecosystem structure and function, global environmental change. New directions for urban ecology are also discussed.

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Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) How urban forest composition shapes the structure and function of arthropod communities. Author(s): Martinson, H. M. Raupp, M. J. Frank, S. D.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Wildlife in the city: human drivers and human consequences. Author(s): Lerman, S. B. Narango, D. L. Andrade, R. Warren, P. S. Grade, A. M. Straley, K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Urban plant ecophysiology. Author(s): Sonti, N. F.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 85) Urban biodiversity: between elsewhere-nature and the post-wild world. Author(s): Johnson, L. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 100) Protecting pollinators in the urban environment. Author(s): Kuder, L. J. Barranco, L. M. Engelsdorp, D. van
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 122) Urban ecology as an integrative science and practice. Author(s): Pickett, S. T. A. Grove, J. M. Ladeau, S. L. Rosi, E. J. Cadenasso, M. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 144) Ecology of urban climates: the need for landscape biophysics in cities. Author(s): Youngsteadt, E. Terando, A. J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 160) The green cities movement: progress and future challenges. Author(s): Kelcey, J. G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 176) Light pollution: how urban conditions influence ecological interactions. Author(s): Zuria, I. Castellanos, I. Barbosa, P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 184) Citizen science in urban habitats. Author(s):
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 193) Ecology of insects and other arthropods in urban agroecosystems. Author(s): Liere, H. Egerer, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 214) Future prospects and challenges in urban ecology. Author(s): Langellotto, G. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781789242607
  • Record Number
  • 20203509907