March Workshop

In person at ASU’s Tempe campus and available through hybrid options May 20-21st 2022

Participants from all career stages are invited to participate in this NSF-supported, DCL-LTER urban evolution workshop, entitled Multifaceted mechanisms of metropolis: Integrating society, ecology, evolution, and plasticity (SEEP) to advance urban evolutionary ecology.

The two-day, hybrid (in-person and virtual) workshop will take place May 20-21st, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona, the site of the NSF CAP-urban LTER. Our focus is on leveraging CAP’s long-term data and the burgeoning field of socio-eco-evolutionary dynamics–to ask to what extent do organisms respond to the altered climate, habitat and resource availability of urban areas via phenotypic plasticity, genetic adaptation and non-adaptive evolution?

This workshop will hone our mechanistic understanding of the genetic, physiological and behavioral mechanisms that scale up to population- and community-level changes in the abundance and distribution of animals in metropolitan regions, as well as the human drivers, outcomes and feedbacks that shape these changes across heterogeneous urban landscapes and over time (see Fig. 1 at left). Our focus on mechanistic drivers will center on five human-altered resources and selective agents associated with urbanization: heat, food, water, pollution and species interactions. Importantly, synergistic and inclusive frameworks that integrate well-being and equity for both human and non-human populations will be necessary for advancing positive ecosystem outcomes and social-ecological solutions.

If you like to think about eco-evolutionary dynamics, urban evolution, socio-environmental justice and long-term data, consider joining us for this workshop.