Urban Stream Ecology

With about half of the world’s population living in urban centers, understanding the relationships between humans and local ecosystems is increasingly important.  Our lab’s newest research direction is focused on how urbanization affects the composition of fish and amphibian assemblages.  We are sampling many streams in and around Raleigh, and are documenting the extreme shifts that occur in species composition in urbanized areas relative to their rural systems.  If you are interested in this research program, let us know.  Much more information to come in the next few months.