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Introduction to Urban Ecology

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Jason Aloisio

on 12 March 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to Urban Ecology

Ecosystem
Community
Population
Species
Abundance = 3
Richness = 5
Carbon
Sun
Soil
Water
Nitrogen
Human Altered Ecosystems
Citizen Science
Methods
Ecology
'oikos' Greek word for house
Urban Ecology
Urban Heat Island
Polluted
Waterways
Habitat
Fragmentation
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?”
--Albert Einstein
There will always be new discoveries
Scientists need HELP!
Fold it!
Radio-Telemetry
Biodiversity Assessment
-Birds
-Trees
-Insect Pollinators
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
A
B
What is the species richness of of shapes in sample A and B?
Which one is more diverse?
Relative abundance
Species Rank
Circle
Triangle
Square
Relative abundance
Species Rank
Circle
Triangle
Square
6/9
2/9
1/9
3/9
3/9
3/9
Simpson's
Index
of
Diversity
Simpson's
Index
of
Diversity
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