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Urban Biodiversity

CAP scientists test theories about plant and animal diversity in cities. In Phoenix, plant diversity is higher compared with the surrounding Sonoran desert because of landscaping to create a desert "oasis city." However, exotic and invasive birds and arthropods often out-compete native species in the city.

Shochat, E., S. B. Lerman, J. M Anderies, P. S. Warren, S. H. Faeth, and C. H. Nilon. 2010. Invasion, competition and biodiversity loss in urban ecosystems. BioScience 60(3):199-208.
Faeth, S. H., P. S. Warren, E. Shochat, and W. Marussich. 2005. Trophic dynamics in urban communities. BioScience 55(5):399-407.
Walker, J. S., N. B. Grimm, J. M. Briggs, C. Gries, and L. Dugan. 2009. Effects of urbanization on plant species diversity in central Arizona. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(9):465-470.
Researchers at the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER have studied plant and animal diversity in the city.



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