Sleepless in the city: Urban heat wakes up tree pests

Look closely at any urban or forest tree and you will find hundreds of insect and mite species scattered here and there feeding on leaves or sap. Most never become pests. A few species become pests only after some change in the environment – like warming temperatures. These are called sleeper species.

2020-03-16T14:35:52-04:00 March 16th, 2020|Categories: Urban Ecology|Tags: , , |

Cities as surrogates for global change

We are not the only scientists using cities as surrogates for climate change. However, this line of research is in its infancy. We conducted a literature review, led by postdoc Nora Lahr, to compile all the research we could find in which cities were used to predict the effects of climate change.

2018-07-18T19:49:41-04:00 July 18th, 2018|Categories: Lab Happenings, Urban Ecology|Tags: , , , , |

What makes a forest?

As a Masters’ student in the Frank lab, I study relatively small organisms called ground beetles. Ground beetles are used to monitor forest health because they are common, vary in food and habitat requirements, and are sensitive to human-caused disturbances.

2018-04-26T13:03:06-04:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Urban Ecology|Tags: , |