BI 3EF7: URBAN ECOLOGY

A series of lectures will be used to cover topics relating to the ecology of urban landscapes across the globe. Introductory lectures will address the history of urban development and differences in the structure of urban areas; particular emphasis will be given to consideration of a lack of a standardized definition of an urban area in different countries. Subsequent lectures will address the impact of urban development on selected taxonomic groups including mammalian carnivores, birds, invertebrates and plants: throughout emphasis will be given to identifying how urban development affects these groups of species, and how species have adapted to urban living. The course will also consider the impact of urban wildlife and urban landscaping on aspects of human health and well-being, including discussion of the role of urban wildlife in disease transmission and nuisance problems and how these problems are managed. Lectures will be supported by the use of within-class exercises. Students will be expected to read papers and other literature indicated by the lecturer. The course textbook will be: Urban Ecology by K.J. Gaston. Students will be advised of the appropriateness of web-based articles.

Term(s) offered: Autumn term module; 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Credit: 2.5
General Education: [None]