Ecology of Urban Environments

Editor/Author Parris, Kirsten M.
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3264-3
Category: Science - Environmental sciences
Image Count: 49
Book Status: Pending
Predicted Release Month: June 2019
Table of Contents

Provides an accessible introduction to urban ecology, using established ecological theory to identify generalities in the complexity of urban environments.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Tables
  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • 1.1 Setting the scene
  • 1.2 What is urban ecology?
  • 1.3 Why is urban ecology interesting?
  • 1.4 The aims of this book
  • References
  • Chapter 2: Urban environments
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Primary biophysical processes associated with urbanization
  • 2.3 Secondary biophysical processes associated with urbanization
  • 2.4 Stochasticity in urban environments
  • 2.5 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 3: Population- and species-level responses to urbanization
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Responses to the secondary biophysical processes of urbanization
  • 3.3 Biological introductions and invasions
  • 3.4 Human disturbance
  • 3.5 Stochastic effects on populations in urban environments
  • 3.6 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 4: Community-level responses to urbanization
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Selection: niche theories in urban ecology
  • 4.3 Ecological drift: modelling stochasticity in urban communities
  • 4.4 Dispersal: the movement of individuals through space
  • 4.5 Diversification: the evolution of new lineages in urban environments
  • 4.6 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 5: Ecosystem-level responses to urbanization
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Carbon
  • 5.3 Water
  • 5.4 The nitrogen cycle
  • 5.5 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 6: The urban ecology of humans
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 The urban form
  • 6.3 Pollution and waste
  • 6.4 Climatic changes in urban environments
  • 6.5 Health inequities in the world's cities
  • 6.6 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 7: Conserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services in cities
  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Strategies for conserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services in cities
  • 7.3 Novel habitats, novel ecosystems
  • 7.4 Summary
  • References
  • Chapter 8: Summary and future directions
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Do we need a new theory of urban ecology?
  • 8.3 The definition and scope of urban ecology
  • 8.4 Do we need a new theory of urban science?
  • 8.5 Future directions
  • References