Online toolkits for collaborative and inclusive global research in urban evolutionary ecology

Amy M. Savage, Meredith J. Willmott, Pablo Moreno-García, Zuzanna Jagiello, Daijiang Li, Anna Malesis, Lindsay S. Miles, Cristian Román-Palacios, David Salazar-Valenzuela, Brian C. Verrelli, Kristin M. Winchell, Marina Alberti, Santiago Bonilla-Bedoya, Elizabeth Carlen, Cleo Falvey, Lauren Johnson, Ella Martin, Hanna Kuzyo, John Marzluff, Jason Munshi-SouthMegan Phifer-Rixey, Ignacy Stadnicki, Marta Szulkin, Yuyu Zhou, Kiyoko M. Gotanda

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Urban evolutionary ecology is inherently interdisciplinary. Moreover, it is a field with global significance. However, bringing researchers and resources together across fields and countries is challenging. Therefore, an online collaborative research hub, where common methods and best practices are shared among scientists from diverse geographic, ethnic, and career backgrounds would make research focused on urban evolutionary ecology more inclusive. Here, we describe a freely available online research hub for toolkits that facilitate global research in urban evolutionary ecology. We provide rationales and descriptions of toolkits for: (1) decolonizing urban evolutionary ecology; (2) identifying and fostering international collaborative partnerships; (3) common methods and freely-available datasets for trait mapping across cities; (4) common methods and freely-available datasets for cross-city evolutionary ecology experiments; and (5) best practices and freely available resources for public outreach and communication of research findings in urban evolutionary ecology. We outline how the toolkits can be accessed, archived, and modified over time in order to sustain long-term global research that will advance our understanding of urban evolutionary ecology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere11633
JournalEcology and Evolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2024


  • collaborations
  • decolonization
  • eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • international
  • science communication
  • urban ecology
  • urban evolutionary ecology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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