Biodiversity in the City: Fundamental Questions for Understanding the Ecology of Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity Conservation

Lepczyk, Christopher A., Aronson, Myla F. J., Evans, Karl L., Goddard, Mark, Lerman, Susannah B. and MacIvor, J. Scott (2017) Biodiversity in the City: Fundamental Questions for Understanding the Ecology of Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity Conservation. BioScience, 67 (9). pp. 799-807. ISSN 0006-3568

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix079

Abstract

As urban areas expand, understanding how ecological processes function in cities has become increasingly important for conserving biodiversity. Urban green spaces are critical habitats to support biodiversity, but we still have a limited understanding of their ecology and how they function to conserve biodiversity at local and landscape scales across multiple taxa. Given this limited view, we discuss five key questions that need to be addressed to advance the ecology of urban green spaces for biodiversity conservation and restoration. Specifically, we discuss the need for research to understand how green space size, connectedness, and type influence the community, population, and life-history dynamics of multiple taxa in cities. A research framework based in landscape and metapopulation ecology will allow for a greater understanding of the ecological function of green spaces and thus allow for planning and management of green spaces to conserve biodiversity and aid in restoration activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fragmentation, green city, green roof, landscape ecology, urban planning
Subjects: C100 Biology
D700 Agricultural Sciences
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 16:27
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 09:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41119

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