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New Ecological Theory

CAP scientists spearheaded efforts to integrate ecological and social research in urban ecosystems by helping develop a new sub-discipline: Urban Ecology. This theory development has changed the way scientists and the public perceive the natural environment in cities, transformed environmental education at all levels, and informed environmental problem-solving in cities.

Grimm, N. B., S. H. Faeth, N. E. Golubiewski, C. R. Redman, J. Wu, X. Bai, and J. M. Briggs. 2008. Global change and the ecology of cities. Science 319:756-760.
Redman, C. L., J. M. Grove, and L. Kuby. 2004. Integrating social science into the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Social dimensions of ecological change and ecological dimensions of social change. Ecosystems 7(2):161-171.
Grimm, N. B., J. M. Grove, S. T. A. Pickett, and C. L. Redman. 2000. Integrated approaches to long-term studies of urban ecological systems. BioScience 50(7):571-584.
Research at the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER focuses on understanding relationships between people and the natural environment in cities.



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