More than half the world’s people (and 80% of Canadians) live in cities, and conversion to urban land is among the most irreversible and fastest growing forms of global change. This era of unprecedented urban growth has changed ecosystem structure, function, and biodiversity, and consequently the ecosystem services - or natural benefits - that our health and wellbeing depend on. Our research vision is to conduct solutions oriented science to enhance biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision in urban and urbanizing landscapes.
Our recent work has used fieldwork, advanced sensor data, and synthesis approaches to ask how landscape structure, land-use history, and biodiversity interact to impact multiple ecosystem services. While research in the lab is strongly grounded in landscape and ecosystem ecology, we recognize that addressing complex ecological problems is inherently interdisciplinary. We strive to develop research partnerships both within and outside the university, and value community engagement as integral to our work.
Full list of publications: www.carlyziter.com/publications
Ziter CD, Pedersen EJ, Kucharik CJ, Turner MG. 2019. Scale-dependent interactions between tree canopy cover and impervious surfaces reduce daytime urban heat during summer. PNAS (In press)
Dyson K, Ziter C, Patterson MS, Fuentes TL. 2019. Conducting urban ecology research on private property: advice for new urban ecologists. Journal of Urban Ecology (In press)
Ziter C, Turner MG. 2018. Current and historical land use influence soil-based ecosystem services in an urban landscape. Ecological Applications 28: 643-654
Ziter C, Graves RA, Turner MG. 2017. How do land-use legacies affect ecosystem services in United States cultural landscapes? Landscape Ecology 32: 2205-2218
Rose KC, Graves RA, Hansen WD, Harvey BJ, Qiu J, Wood SA, Ziter C, Turner MG. 2017. Historical foundations and future directions in macrosystems ecology. Ecology Letters 20: 147-157
Ziter C. 2016. The biodiversity-ecosystem service relationship in urban areas: A quantitative review. Oikos 125: 761-768
Mitchell MGE et al. (22 authors including C Ziter). 2015. Montérégie Connection: linking landscapes, biodiversity, and ecosystem services to improve decision making. Ecology & Society 20(4):15
Ziter, C., Bennett, E., and Gonzalez, A. 2014. Temperate forest fragments maintain aboveground carbon stocks out to the forest edge despite changes in community composition. Oecologia 176: 893-902
Ziter, C., Bennett, E., and Gonzalez, A. 2013. Functional diversity and management mediate aboveground carbon stocks in small forest fragments. Ecosphere 4: art85.
Liss K, Mitchell MGE et al. (13 authors including C Ziter). 2013. Variability in ecosystem service measurement: a case study of pollination service studies. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:414–422