Urban-Suburban Biodiversity

Elizabeth M. Cook, Rebecca L. Hale, Ann Kinzig, J. Morgan Grove

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For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in nonurban areas. Thus for most people, the urban ecosystem is the place for daily interactions with the environment. Scientists study urban ecological systems for two reasons: (1) they provide a set of services to urban residents; and (2) they can be used as a testing ground for ecological theory. This article reviews the major impacts people have on urban biodiversity at household, neighborhood, city, and global scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Agriculture
  • Cities
  • Cultural services
  • Disturbance
  • Ecosystem services
  • Household
  • Human activities
  • Human ecology
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Neighborhood and city scales
  • Provisioning services
  • Regulating services
  • Supporting services
  • Urban ecology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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