For the first time in human history, people living in cities now dominate the world’s population. Urbanization has significant effects on global biodiversity through increased demands for natural resources, landscape modifications, and habitat alterations. As urbanization and its consequences for biodiversity accelerate, understanding the nexus between ecology, social science, and urban planning is more important than ever. I work to understand how urban environments – both the physical and social environment – influence animal populations and communities. I further hope to incorporate this information into future urban planning to help conserve biological diversity in cities.
Miller, A., E. Goad, T. Gallo, L. Pejchar, L. Bailey, S. Reed. 2017. The impact of exurban housing density on wintering birds. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 129:85-97. PDF