urban_ecology_projects

Ecology and Evolution of Urban Arthropods

Research | Urban Ecology

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).

Project Publications

Youngsteadt, E., Henderson, R. C., Savage, A. M., Ernst, A. F., Dunn, R. R. and Frank, S. D. (2014), Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12791. View PDF.

Meineke, E. K., Dunn, R. R., Frank, S. D. (2014) Early pest development and loss of biological control are associated with urban warming. Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0586. View PDF.

Savage, A. M., Hackett, B.**, Guénard, B., Youngsteadt, E. K., Dunn, R. R. (2014). Fine-scale heterogeneity across Manhattan’s urban habitat mosaic is associated with variation in ant composition and richness. Insect Conservation and Diversity. doi: 10.1111/icad.12098. View PDF.

Youngsteadt, E., Dale, A. G.*, Terando, A. J., Dunn, R. R. and Frank, S. D. (2014). Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12692. View PDF.

Guenard, B.*, Cardinal-De Casas**, A, Dunn, RR (2014). High diversity in an urban habitat: are some animal assemblages resilient to long-term anthropogenic change? Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-014-0406-8. View PDF.

Meineke EK*, Dunn RR, Sexton JO, Frank SD (2013). Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street Trees. PloS ONE 8: e59687.

Menke, S. B., Guenard, B., Sexton, J., Silverman, J. and Dunn, R. R. 2011. Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems 14: 135-163.

In the Press

Climate Change Is Affecting the Way All Kinds of Creatures Interact With Each Other

Pacific Standard January 6, 2015 – Features the research of Emily Meineke et al.

Bugs in Manhattan Compete With Rats for Food Refuse

New York Times December 2, 2014 – Features the research of Elsa Youngsteadt et al.

Bugs, Spiders Keep NYC Clean by Eating Garbage

National Geographic December 2, 2014 – Features the research of Elsa Youngsteadt et al.

The Ants of Manhattan

New York Times December 1, 2014 – Features the research of Amy Savage et al.

Such a Pest: Why Global Warming Could Make That Sap on Your Car Worse

NBC News November 21, 2014 – Features the research of Emily Meineke et al.

Ants Abound in Manhattan’s Slivers of Green

Scientific American November 21, 2014 – Features the research of Amy Savage et al.

Ants of New York

The New Yorker September 29, 2014 – Features the research of Amy Savage et al.

Want to See the Earth After Global Warming? Move to the City

Newsweek August 27, 2014 – Features the research of Elsa Youngsteadt et al.

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