Right… the ecology part
So, when I first started this blog, I said that I wanted to include information about the field of urban ecology.
To put it simply, urban ecology is the study of ecology in cities and the ecology of cities. So for example, a researcher may study a particular species that is found in cities (ecology in cities), or may look at the city as the ecosystem and look at the flow of nutrients and energy through it(ecology of cities). Often times, urban ecological research also examines the role of people and human behaviour in understanding ecological patterns. So, in some ways, it can be a mixture of biology and social science…. though even saying that is a gross simplification.
As a introduction to some cool work being done in the field, take a look at the two urban Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in the U.S. – along with doing some very cool research, they run community and school programs.
More to come later…