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Introduction to Urban Ecology
Transcript of Introduction to Urban Ecology
Abundance = 3
Richness = 5
Human Altered Ecosystems
'oikos' Greek word for house
Urban Heat Island
Impacts of Urbanization
a group of a single species
A group of interacting species
The interaction between species and their environment
Natural Surfaces/Ecosystems Replaced by Impervious Surfaces
So... Is this bad?
As scientists, we try not to use "bad or good"
Rather, we seek to understand.
We?!?! -- But I'm not a scientist, you say..
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
There will always be new discoveries
Scientists need HELP!
Birds pollinate plants, disperse seeds, scavenge carcasses and recycle nutrients back into the earth.
Trees provide habitat, food, erosion, cooling, clean air, and clean water
Insect Pollinators provide fruit production, and aid in plant reproduction
What is the species richness of of shapes in sample A and B?
Which one is more diverse?