Seminar: Ecology of Herbivores in Urban Environments
Urbanization is one of the most wide-spread sources of environmental change in the world today. Many aspects of urban habitats are different from adjacent rural or natural habitats including habitat structure, temperature, plant diversity, pollution. These and other factors can have strong effects on arthropods that lead to the extinction of some species and outbreaks of others. In this seminar we will investigate how urban environments affect the ecology of herbivorous arthropods. We will particularly focus on arthropods that become pests of urban trees to understand the factors that drive pest outbreaks and the consequences for the health of urban forests, the environment, and urban residents. This seminar is currently scheduled for Fall semester of 2012 and 2014.