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Living in the city - Urban biodiversty as a model to study ecological dynamics



WSL Birmensdorf, Englersaal


Rafael Wüest Karpati


Elena Piano


Marco Moretti




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Our planet is urbanizing rapidly and cities are considered to be microcosms providing natural laboratories to study ecological dynamics underlying species diversity and composition. In particular, urban areas show changes in local physical conditions and landscape structure that may differentially select species based on their life-history traits, with potential negative effects on the whole biodiversity. By analysing the response of community-wide mean trait values along the urbanization gradient measured at multiple spatial scales, it is possible to disclose the main ecological processes underpinning the diversity patterns in urban areas. The results obtained with this approach provides strong support to the general negative impact of urbanization on biodiversity and highlight the importance of considering multiple spatial scales to assess the impacts of urbanization.


Elena Piano, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin,

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