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

Fitzpatrick, M. C., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Contemporary climatic analogs for 540 North American urban areas in the late 21st century. Nature communications10(1), 614. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08540-3

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.

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

Urban Ecology Creations