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Author(s):Aronson, M. F. J.; Katti, M.; La Sorte, F. A.; Nilon, C. H.; Warren, P. S.; Goddard, M.; Lepczyk, C.; Williams, N. S. G.
Author Affiliation:Aronson: Department of Biology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Katti: Department of Biology, California State University, Fresno, CA; La Sorte: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY; Nilon: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri, Colombia, MO; Warren: Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA; Goddard: Institute for Integrative and Comparative Biology and Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds; Lepczyk: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI; Williams: Department of Resource Management and Geography, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, The University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus, Richmond, VIC
Title:What concrete jungle? A global analysis of urban biodiversity
Section:Human decisions and biodiversity
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Meeting Info.:Scottsdale, Arizona: January 13, 2012
Source:Fourteenth Annual All Scientist Meeting and Poster Symposium 2012. 2012, p. 11-12.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:Phoenix, Arizona: Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Biodiversity; Evaluations; Perceptions; Urban habitat; Wildlife census
Abstract/Contents:"Despite increasing evidence that urban areas support a wide variety of species, they continue to be perceived as concrete jungles of limited conservation value, and little is known about the global patterns and drivers of urban diversity. Here we show, using the largest global database to date of 149 cities, that urban areas house a large proportion of the world's plant and especially bird diversity. Of the world's total known species, ca. 20% of birds and 5% of vascular plants occur in urban areas, which represent conservative global estimates. Contrary to homogenization concerns, urban areas tend to contain unique assemblages of species. The majority of urban bird species are native whereas a smaller proportion of plant species are (94% and 70% on average, respectively). Only a small number of plants and animals display cosmopolitan distributions, the most common bird being Columba livia (rock pigeon) and plant Poa annua (annual meadow grass), found in 94% and 96% of urban areas, respectively. Species richness of cities is not only correlated with climate and topography, but also with human population size, city age and urban land cover characteristics, indicating that urban anthropogenic history can play a role in defining urban diversity patterns. Despite worldwide biodiversity loss, cities are not depauperate concrete jungles that only promote global change but have the potential to conserve aspects of regional diversity that can be used to promote greater biological awareness."
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Aronson, M. F. J., M. Katti, F. A. La Sorte, C. H. Nilon, P. S. Warren, M. Goddard, et al. 2012. What concrete jungle? A global analysis of urban biodiversity. Fourteenth Annual All Scientist Meeting and Poster Symposium 2012. p. 11-12.
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