Urban Ecology

An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature

  • John M. Marzluff
  • Eric Shulenberger
  • Wilfried Endlicher
  • Marina Alberti
  • Gordon Bradley
  • Clare Ryan
  • Ute Simon
  • Craig ZumBrunnen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Urbanization and Human Domination of Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Peter M. Vitousek, Harold A. Mooney, Jane Lubchenco, Jerry M. Melillo
      Pages 3-13
    3. Brian J.L. Berry
      Pages 25-48
  3. Conceptual Foundations of Urban Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-69
    2. S.T.A. Pickett, M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, C.H. Nilon, R.V. Pouyat, W.C. Zipperer et al.
      Pages 99-122
    3. Nancy B. Grimm, J. Morgan Grove, Steward T.A. Pickett, Charles L. Redman
      Pages 123-141
    4. Marina Alberti, John M. Marzluff, Eric Shulenberger, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, Craig Zumbrunnen
      Pages 143-158
  4. The Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Pedosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Gerd Wessolek
      Pages 161-179
    3. Michael J. Paul, Judy L. Meyer
      Pages 207-231
    4. Wilhelm Kuttler
      Pages 233-248
    5. Maria João Alcoforado, Henrique Andrade
      Pages 249-262
    6. Wilfried Endlicher, Gerd Jendritzky, Joachim Fischer, Jens-Peter Redlich
      Pages 269-278
  5. The Biosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-280
    2. Herbert Sukopp
      Pages 281-298
    3. Mark J. McDonnell, Steward T.A. Pickett, Peter Groffman, Patrick Bohlen, Richard V. Pouyat, Wayne C. Zipperer et al.
      Pages 299-313
    4. Richard F. Johnston, Robert K. Selander
      Pages 315-320
    5. Diane Hope, Corinna Gries, Weixing Zhu, William F. Fagan, Charles L. Redman, Nancy B. Grimm et al.
      Pages 339-347
    6. Michael Abs, Frank Bergen
      Pages 373-376
    7. Ana M. Faggi, Kerstin Krellenberg, Roberto Castro, Mirta Arriaga, Wilfried Endlicher
      Pages 377-389
    8. Robert B. Blair
      Pages 405-424
    9. E. Shochat, W.L. Stefanov, M.E.A. Whitehouse, S.H. Faeth
      Pages 455-472
  6. The Anthroposphere: Human Dimensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-474
    2. Carolyn Harrison, Jacquie Burgess
      Pages 475-483
    3. Paul Waddell, Terry Moore
      Pages 493-518
    4. Stephen Kaplan, Rachel Kaplan
      Pages 557-565
    5. Reid Ewing, Tom Schmid, Richard Killingsworth, Amy Zlot, Stephen Raudenbush
      Pages 567-582
    6. Frauke Kraas
      Pages 583-596
  7. The Anthroposphere: Planning and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 607-609
    2. Thomas Dietz, Elinor Ostrom, Paul C. Stern
      Pages 611-622

About this book


Urban Ecology is the study of ecosystems that include humans living in cities and urbanizing landscapes. It is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems and help societies with their efforts to become more sustainable. It has deep roots in many disciplines including sociology, geography, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, anthropology, climatology, public health, and ecology. Because of its interdisciplinary nature and unique focus on humans and natural systems, the term "urban ecology" has been used variously to describe the study of humans in cities, of nature in cities, and of the coupled relationships between humans and nature. Each of these research areas is contributing to our understanding of urban ecosystems and each must be understood to fully grasp the science of Urban Ecology. Therefore, in Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature, we introduce students and practitioners of urban ecology to its roots, bases, and prospects by way of a diverse collection of historical and modern foundational readings. The editors are urban ecologists from the United States, Italy, and Germany who together view these readings as a fair representation of the importance of both natural and social sciences to Urban Ecology.

This book presents important papers in the field of Urban Ecology that both set the foundations for the discipline and to illustrate modern approaches, from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world. The editors do this by reprinting important publications, filling gaps in the published literature with a few targeted original works, and translating several key works originally published in German. The aim of this collection is to provide students, practitioners, and professionals with a rich background in some of the core facets of Urban Ecology.


biosphere ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes environment environmental protection urban ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • John M. Marzluff
    • 1
  • Eric Shulenberger
    • 2
  • Wilfried Endlicher
    • 3
  • Marina Alberti
    • 4
  • Gordon Bradley
    • 1
  • Clare Ryan
    • 1
  • Ute Simon
    • 5
  • Craig ZumBrunnen
    • 6
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattle
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattle
  3. 3.Geographisches InstituteHumboldt University Unter den Linden10099 BerlinGermany
  4. 4.University of WashingtonSeattle
  5. 5.Humboldt University Miningstrasse 4612359 BerlinGermany
  6. 6.University of WashingtonSeattle

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