Linking bird community metrics to pollution level, vegetation and building density
EFFECTS OF URBANIZATION ON MULTILEVEL AVIAN DIVERSITY
The aim of the project is to assess the impact of specific elements of urbanization and pollution on different and complementary biodiversity metrics, combining field data collection, geospatial analysis and modeling procedures; to provide new insights on identification of high environmental quality areas in European cities.
The main topics focused in this project are: Multi-dimensional assessment of biodiversity; ecological resilience; species functional traits and ecosystem functioning; multi-taxa bioindicators; invasive species distribution related to urban areas; evolutionary and biotic homogenization of urban communities.
The members of the team have different skills and expertise in quantitative ecology, biodiversity distribution and spatial analyses, as well as statistical modelling. They are part of an international network of ecologist focusing the many effects of urban growth and expansion on the different components of biodiversity.