The Urban Future of Earth: The More We Change, the More It's All the Same

The David Schindler Professorship in Aquatic Science Lecture

  • May 09, 2017 : 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Trent University
  • Building: Champlain College
  • Room: The Great Hall
  • Cost: Free

The 2017 Schindler Lecture in Aquatic Science will be delivered by Dr. Peter M. Groffman, Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

The urban environment is increasing all across North America. An apparent result of urban land use change is the homogenization across cities, where neighborhoods regardless of geographical location have similar patterns of roads, residential lots, and commercial areas. This homogenization also alters ecological dynamics with implications for hydrological cycles, biodiversity, and nutrient cycling across scales from the yard up to the whole continent. This talk will consider how homogenization due to the “human element” in urban ecology affects nutrient cycles and ecosystem health in these increasingly widespread and highly recognizable environments.