Welcome to Urban Ecology and Development

Chicago_Downtown_Aerial_ViewWelcome to Urban Ecology and Development.

Urban ecology is broadly defined as the study of the interactions between organisms and communities within urban environments and of the linkages between them and human activities. By taking a global perspective, this course will provide the foundations of Urban Ecology. Emphasis will be given to the comparison between developed and developing urban environments, and will cover topics such as the history of urbanization; the impacts of urban growth on species distribution, climate, land-use, nutrient cycling and other ecosystem services; human health; urban planning; sustainability; and more.

This blog interface will be used to post current topics related to urbanization, urban development and how human activities modify urban environments’ ecology and function.lass.