Ecology and Evolution of Urban Arthropods
Cities are designed by people and for people, but many animals join us in our urban habitats. How do humans, our activities, and our built environments affect the species that share our cities? How do consequences of urbanization for urban arthropods (insects and their relatives, like spiders) influence their ecosystem services and disservices in cities? Can we make predictions about how these dynamics will change as the world becomes increasingly urban? Our research in the Ecology and Evolution of Urban Arthropods examines these questions from the street trees of Raleigh to the sidewalks of Manhattan (NYC).
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