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Urban EcologyPatterns, Processes, and Applications$
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Jari Niemelä, Jürgen H. Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James, and Nancy E. McIntyre

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001

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Urban Ecology

Nancy E. McIntyre

Oxford University Press

This section has revealed the unprecedented challenges (and opportunities) facing organisms due to humans and their constructions. It has shown that relative to the indigenous ‘background’ landscape, cities are capable of supporting an altered biota; that different species may exhibit differing tolerances or affinities for urban development; and that urban metacommunities may shed light on the maintenance of biodiversity. Taking a comparative approach, the five chapters in this section have examined organisms from cities around the globe and highlighted commonalities among urban biotic communities. Moreover, these chapters have indirectly demonstrated that there has been little work at the interface between community and urban ecology and that cities are worthwhile arenas for ecological research.

Keywords:   humans, cities, biota, urban development, metacommunities, biodiversity, biotic communities, urban ecology, organisms, species

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