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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9318
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

People and Their Environments

Research Focus

Urban Ecology

[photo:] Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the foreground.  Photo by Keith WellerUrban ecology is the study of how environmental systems work in cities. This includes the interaction of natural processes (such as water cycling, nutrient flows, and growth of trees and other vegetation), built systems (such as transportation networks and buildings), and social systems involving people and communities.

Our urban ecology research focuses on the major cities of Chicago, New York City, and Baltimore. In these diverse environments, decisions about public land use, infrastructure development, and resource conservation affect hundreds of interdependent communities and millions of people.

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Last Modified: 05/22/2013