Urban ecology
Project funded by own resources
Project title Urban ecology
Principal Investigator(s) Baur, Bruno
Co-Investigator(s) Rusterholz, Hans-Peter
Braschler, Brigitte
Project Members Melliger, Ramona
Gaggini, Luca
Meyer, Sandro
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
Project start 01.10.2016
Probable end 31.01.2021
Status Active
Abstract

Urbanization is an increasing trend in modern human societies. As a consequence of increasing settlements natural habitats for many plants and animals are lost. However, even within cities we still find new habitats for many species including flowerbeds, lawns, single trees and flat roofs and even more nature-like habitats such as forest fragments. These habitats differ from those in rural areas. They often harbour a different species composition. Species in urban habitats experience altered environmental conditions, frequent disturbance by human activity, and a changed community missing some of their natural enemies and competitors but also including alien species introduced by humans. Such changed conditions may not only affect the abundance but also the behaviour of native species and their interactions. In this project we study the biodiversity of urban and suburban habitats. A special focus is on the plant and arthropod diversity of forest remnants and related ecosystem functions.

Keywords Biodiversity, environmental change, habitat fragmentation, Invasive species, urbanization
Financed by University funds
Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
2825811  Vakhlamova, Tatyana; Rusterholz, Hans-Peter; Kanibolotskaya, Yuliya; Baur, Bruno  Changes in plant diversity along an urban-rural gradient in an expanding city in Kazakhstan, Western Siberia  0169-2046  Landscape and urban planning  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3702824  Vakhlamova, Tatyana; Rusterholz, Hans-Peter; Kamkin, V.; Baur, Bruno  Recreational use of urban and suburban forests affects plant diversity in a Western Siberian city  1618-8667 ; 1610-8167  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3702828  Vakhlamova, Tatyana; Rusterholz, Hans-Peter; Kanibolotskaya, Yuliya; Baur, Bruno  Effects of road type and urbanization on the diversity and abundance of alien species in roadside verges in Western Siberia  0042-3106 ; 1573-5052  Plant Ecology  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3703883  Concepcion, Elena D.; Obrist, Martin K.; Moretti, Marco; Altermatt, Florian; Baur, Bruno; Nobis, Michael P.  Impacts of urban sprawl on species richness of plants, butterflies, gastropods and birds: not only built-up area matters  1083-8155 ; 1573-1642  Urban Ecosystems  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
   

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