Comparative ecology of cities: What makes an urban biota “urban”?

Principal Investigators:

Myla Aronson, Madhusudan Katti, Charles H. Nilon, and Paige S. Warren

The rapid urbanization of the world has profound effects on global biodiversity and urbanization has been counted among the processes contributing to the homogenization of the world’s biota. However, there are few generalities of the patterns and drivers of urban biota and even fewer global comparative studies. A comparative approach of urban biota is needed to produce comparable methodologies to understand, preserve, and monitor biodiversity in cities. We propose an NCEAS working group involving researchers from cities worldwide to develop synthesis... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group10th—14th January 2011Participant List  
Working Group7th—16th July 2011Participant List  
Working Group17th—21st January 2012Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Myla Aronsonmyla.aronson [at] rutgers.eduHofstra University
Mark Goddardbsmag [at] of Leeds
Madhusudan Kattimkatti [at] csufresno.eduCalifornia State University, Fresno
Frank A. La Sortefal42 [at] cornell.eduYale University
John M. Marzluffcorvid [at] u.washington.eduUniversity of Washington
Charles H. Nilonnilonc [at] missouri.eduUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
Dave Oleyardoleyar [at] u.washington.eduUniversity of Washington
Paige S. Warrenpswarren [at] eco.umass.eduUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Nicholas S.G. Williamsnsw [at] of Melbourne
Mary L. Cadenassomlcadenasso [at]
Sarel Cillierssarel.cilliers [at] University
Bruce Clarksonclarkson [at] of Waikato
Cynnamon Dobbs-Brownc.dobbsbrown [at] of Melbourne
Marcus Hedblommarcus.hedblom [at] slu.seSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Ingolf KühnIngolf.kuehn [at] ufz.deHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Christopher A. Lepczyklepczyk [at] hawaii.eduUniversity of Hawaii, Mānoa
Jip Louwe Kooijmansjip.louwekooijmans [at] vogelbescherming.nlNetherlands Society for the Protection of Birds
Ian MacGregormacgregor.ian [at] gmail.comInstituto de Ecología, A.C. (INECOL)
Rachel McCaffreyrachmcc [at] email.arizona.eduUniversity of Arizona
Mark McDonnellmarkmc [at] of Melbourne
Ulla Mörtbergmortberg [at] kth.seRoyal Institute of Technology
Stefan Siebertstefan.siebert [at] University
Peter Wernerp.werner [at] iwu.deInstitut Wohnen und Umwelt

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Aronson, Myla; La Sorte, Frank A.; Nilon, Charles H.; Katti, Madhusudan; Goddard, Mark; Lepczyk, Christopher A.; Warren, Paige S.; Williams, Nicholas S.G.; Cilliers, Sarel; Clarkson, Bruce; Dobbs-Brown, Cynnamon; Dolan, Rebecca; Hedblom, Marcus; Klotz, Stefan; Louwe Kooijmans, Jip; Kühn, Ingolf; MacGregor, Ian; McDonnell, Mark; Mörtberg, Ulla; Pyšek, Petr; Siebert, Stefan; Sushinsky, Jessica; Werner, Peter; Winter, Marten. 2014. A global analysis of the impacts of urbanization on bird and plant diversity reveals key anthropogenic drivers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological S. Vol: 281(1780). Pages 20133330-20133330.
Book Chapter Hedblom, Marcus; Mörtberg, Ulla. 2011. Characterizing biodiversity in urban areas using remote sensing. Edited by Xiaojun Yang Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modeling in the Urban Environment. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. Pages 287-304.
Journal Article La Sorte, Frank A.; Aronson, Myla; Williams, Nicholas S.G.; Celesti-Grapow, Laura; Clarkson, Bruce; Dolan, Rebecca; Hipp, Andrew; Klotz, Stefan; Kühn, Ingolf; Pyšek, Petr; Siebert, Stefan; Winter, Marten. 2014. Beta diversity of urban floras among European and non-European cities. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Vol: 23(7). Pages 769-779.
"Comparative ecology of cities: What makes an urban biota “urban”?" is project ID: 12592