The influence of urbanization on birds
Urbanization is one of the most dramatic ways that humans influence
nature. As habitats become altered by urbanization, most species do not
survive, and yet a few species persist and even thrive. What determines
which species persist in urban environments, and which species do not?
In collaboration with Paul Martin,
we are striving to answer this question, focusing on a select group of
species for which we have specific ecological and behavioural data.
We are also asking for help from ornithologists and birders around the
world in compiling the data we need to address our focal questions. If
you are familiar with the avifauna of some of the world's largest
cities, please visit this site to learn more!