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Ecology and the City: A Long-Term Social-Ecological Examination of the Drivers and Diversity of Urban Vegetation


Abstract Often, when thinking of cities we envision designed landscapes, where people regulate everything from water to weeds, ultimately resulting in an ecosystem decoupled from biophysical processes. It is unclear, however, what happens when the people regulating these extensively managed landscapes come under stress, whether from unexpected economic fluctuations or from changing climate norms. The overarching question of my dissertation research was: How does urban vegetation change in response to human behavior? To answer this question, I conducted multiscale research in an arid urban ecosystem as well as in a virtual desert city. I used a combination of long-term data and agent-based modeling to examine changes in vegetation across a range of m... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Ripplinger, Julie (Author) / Franklin, Janet (Advisor) / Collins, Scott L (Advisor) / Anderies, John M (Committee member) / Childers, Daniel L (Committee member) / York, Abigail (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Urban planning / Botany / ecosystem services / landscape ecology / social-ecological systems / urban ecology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 121 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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