Ecological Homogenization of Urban America

This project explores the hypothesis that across cities, similar values and preferences lead people to manage their residential landscapes such that yards across cities are more similar to one another in terms of ecological structure and function than they are to the natural and agricultural landscapes that they replace.

This research is funded by the National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology program. 

Selected publications from this project, (see Nelson CV for others):

Groffman, Peter M., Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Neil D Bettez, J Morgan Grove, Sharon J Hall, James B Heffernan, Sarah E Hobbie, Kelli L Larson, Jennifer L Morse, Christopher Neill, Kristen Nelson, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Laura Ogden, Diane E Pataki, Colin Polsky, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, and Meredith K Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban USA. (.pdf) Front Ecol Environ 12(1): 74–81, doi:10.1890/120374 

Larson, K. L., K. C. Nelson, S. R. Samples, S. J. Hall, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, P. M. Groffman, M. Grove, J. B. Heffernan, S. E. Hobbie, J. Learned, J. L. Morse, C. Neill, L. A. Ogden, J. O’Neil-Dunne, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury, M. Steele & T. L. E. Trammell. 2016. Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes: priorities, value dimensions, and cross-regional patterns. (.pdf) Urban Ecosyst 19:95–113, DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0477-1

Sissera, John M., Kristen C. Nelson, Kelli L. Larson, Laura A. Ogden, Colin Polsky, Rinku Roy Chowdhury. 2016. Lawn enforcement: How municipal policies and neighborhood norms influence homeowner residential landscape management. (.pdf) Landscape and Urban Planning 150: 16–25.