Urban Ecology Research Lab

Welcome to our lab

We study the role of plants and soils in human-dominated and urban ecosystems

We use a variety of methods to understand human-environment interactions related to urban biodiversity, resource use, and landscape design. Our projects focus on the semi-arid, urbanized landscapes of the western U.S., where we collaborate with social scientists, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, and local stakeholders to understand the ecological and social consequences of urban landscape change. Our goal is to measure the environmental costs and benefits of planting, restoring, and managing landscapes in urban areas and at the urban-wildland interface to inform choices about urban and landscape planning and design.