Aronson’s research lands on the cover of the August 2017 issue! Urban vegetation provides important ecological services, but only certain plants can survive these harsh environments. Understanding how urban environments select for or against particular plant species would help in managing urban biodiversity, planning and executing sound ecological restoration, and predicting how climate change will […]
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Most cities plan to protect biodiversity yet lack mechanism to measure success. Myla Aronson, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Lauren Frazee, doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution, Karen O’Neill, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers alum Dr. Emilie Stander and an international […]
Source: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources For more than 60 years, Mettler’s Woods, an old growth forest at Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center, has served Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources students and faculty as a classroom, research site, and natural wonder. While ancient oaks and hickory still tower above visitors, much […]
Are cities unnatural? Are urban landscapes disturbed or damaged? “There is no right answer. We can think of cities in many ways,” says Dr. Paige S. Warren of the University of Massachusetts. “Cities are sources of novelty, hotpots of resource inputs, and drivers of evolutionary change.”.. And what about the plants? With access to floras from 112 cities including both natural and spontaneous vegetation since 1975, Dr. Myla Aronson of Rutgers University along with the Urban Biodiversity Research Coordination Network (UrBioNet) is asking questions about the ways in which cities influence global, regional, and local patterns in plant diversity.
“The mosses were just labelled Moss 1, Moss 2, that it just struck me how much mosses are overlooked,” says Eliana Geretz, ecology, evolution and natural resources major. At the time, she was helping conduct research in Hutcheson Memorial Forest in nearby Somerset County. One of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic States, the […]
Urban biodiversity isn’t just limited to buzzing insects. Last year, a study found that 54 cities are home to 20 percent of the world’s bird species. In the city of Lyon, scientists found nearly a third of all the bee species native to France. It turns out that cities are a good place for some animals to live- and how humans decide to manage their cities can make those habitats better or worse for the local fauna… Anyone who has ever walked through a flock of pigeons knows birds do pretty well in cities, too. That isn’t to say that birds prefer cities- urban areas only retain about 8 percent of the bird species that otherwise would have lived in the area, according to a study led by Myla Aronson of Rutgers University… But cities are still filled with a rich variety of birds. Aronson and her team looked at 54 cities around the world and found that 20 percent of known bird species can be found flying in urban centers…”From city to city, across the world, maintaining natural habitat within a city is important for biodiversity,” Aronson told NBC News.
Myla Aronson (GSNB ‘07 Ph.D.), research scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, has conducted far-reaching research that shows cities are not concrete jungles but instead harbor a variety of native birds and plants. Her work supports the argument that planning greenspaces in cities with biodiversity in mind benefits both people and nature. […]
I’m strolling the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, a quiet green space in the noisy heart of the Bronx. The sun is hot, but once I leave the neat, conventional garden beds and enter the Thain Family Forest, the air is cool under old-growth oak and hickory trees. And when the roar of a JFK-bound jet dies away, I can hear catbirds, white-eyed vireos and a kingbird running through their vocal repertoires… I’m walking the Spicebush Trail with Myla Aronson, a Rutgers University scientist who is the lead researcher on a groundbreaking study of biodiversity in cities across the globe—a study that refutes what she calls the myth of biotic homogenization. “Everyone assumes that because of globalization, cities are all the same in terms of the plants and animals you find there- mostly rats and pigeons,” Aronson says as we stroll.
We congratulate these SEBS and NJAES faculty and staff on their accomplishments, appointments and awards below. For university-wide announcements, please visit the Rutgers Faculty and Staff Bulletin. 2018 William Hallman, professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology, was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Climate […]
High above southwest Pennsylvania, it’s not unusual to look up and spot a bald eagle flying thousands of feet in the sky, on the hunt for prey. What’s especially surprising is that its nest isn’t in a secluded forest; it’s in the industrial heart of Pittsburgh, in a neighborhood called Hays…”Cities have lost a lot of biodiversity, but they support a lot more than we normally expect them to,” agrees Myla Aronson, a visiting professor of ecology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She and several other researchers around the world recently published a comprehensive study that found while urbanization does decrease the abundance of plants and animals, the mixture of species continues to resemble the mix of the region.