A global horizon scan for urban evolutionary ecology

Brian C. Verrelli, Marina Alberti, Simone Des Roches, Nyeema C. Harris, Andrew P. Hendry, Marc T.J. Johnson, Amy M. Savage, Anne Charmantier, Kiyoko M. Gotanda, Lynn Govaert, Lindsay S. Miles, L. Ruth Rivkin, Kristin M. Winchell, Kristien I. Brans, Cristian Correa, Sarah E. Diamond, Ben Fitzhugh, Nancy B. Grimm, Sara Hughes, John M. MarzluffJason Munshi-South, Carolina Rojas, James S. Santangelo, Christopher J. Schell, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, Marta Szulkin, Mark C. Urban, Yuyu Zhou, Carly Ziter

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Research on the evolutionary ecology of urban areas reveals how human-induced evolutionary changes affect biodiversity and essential ecosystem services. In a rapidly urbanizing world imposing many selective pressures, a time-sensitive goal is to identify the emergent issues and research priorities that affect the ecology and evolution of species within cities. Here, we report the results of a horizon scan of research questions in urban evolutionary ecology submitted by 100 interdisciplinary scholars. We identified 30 top questions organized into six themes that highlight priorities for future research. These research questions will require methodological advances and interdisciplinary collaborations, with continued revision as the field of urban evolutionary ecology expands with the rapid growth of cities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1006-1019
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • climate change
  • sociopolitical
  • sustainability
  • urban ecology
  • urban evolution
  • urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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