urbanmarineecology.org is intended as a resource for interested citizens, city planners, architects, and others who want to learn about current research in urban marine ecology and sea level rise adaptation planning, and who want to re-envision our relationship with the marine environment in coastal cities.
The majority of the world’s population now lives in coastal cities, which continue to grow rapidly. As a result of coastal development and urbanization, marine ecosystems are undergoing intense changes that jeopardize their ability to provide important ecosystem services, such as the filtration of pollutants and provisioning of food, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and other resources.
Yet, coastal cities also serve as a testing bed both for the development of ecologically-minded sea level rise adaptation strategies and for a suite of science and engineering innovations aimed at improving the health and functioning of heavily impacted marine ecosystems.
Recent research suggest that we can build coastal defenses that protect communities from rising seas while also securing marine resources for future generations, including resources that were an essential part of our past – oyster reefs, local fisheries, edible seaweeds.
urbanmarineecology.org aims to support this end, by presenting research findings and ideas for scientists and designers alike. It was formed in 2012 by Eliza Heery, PhD, an ecologist studying marine urbanization, ocean change, and urban climate adaptation. Eliza has conducted urban ecology research in the US, Italy, Australia, and Singapore, published in numerous ecology journals, and recently delivered a TEDx talk on urban marine ecosystems (below). You can see her CV here, or follow her on twitter or instagram. Any and all questions are most welcome (contact link).