Monthly Archives: May 2020

The genetic side effects of urbanisation

For humans, urbanisation has generally been beneficial. Cities are often where people find better access to clean water and sanitation, better housing, employment and opportunities for education - hence extensive rural to urban migration. For other species, the effects of urbanisation are mixed, and many urban ecologists have characterised species according to how successful [...]

By |2020-06-02T08:53:46+00:00May 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The genetic side effects of urbanisation

The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

A few weeks ago, I was asked about my thoughts on the urban ecology of COVID-19. Interesting question. One that has had me thinking ever since. There are many dimensions to it. One is the clear link between the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and wildlife markets. Markets where many animal species are densely maintained [...]

By |2020-06-02T08:52:44+00:00May 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

Evolution of urban ecology – three paradigms

Let me start this post by looking back at my PhD candidacy exam. Here’s what this rite of passage involves at University of Calgary. The professors on the supervisory committee and internal examiners all submit questions to the PhD supervisor, who whittles them down to three pairs of questions sent to the PhD candidate. [...]

By |2020-05-18T04:02:46+00:00May 9th, 2020|Urbanisation|Comments Off on Evolution of urban ecology – three paradigms
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