Urban Marine Ecology is a subdiscipline of ecology focusing on the characteristics and processes that drive marine ecosystems in urban areas. Unlike terrestrial urban ecology, which has evolved and matured over many decades, urban ecology in coastal environments is a relatively recent phenomenon that has emerged only within the last 10 years. Yet it is an active area of research, with scientists around the world regularly contributing new findings and discoveries.
The objective of urbanmarineecology.org is to share emerging knowledge about how marine organisms and communities respond to urban life and about successful eco-shoreline design strategies.
urbanmarineecology.org was created by Dr. Eliza C. Heery, an ecologist studying the effects of urbanization on benthic (= seafloor) ecosystems. You can contact Eliza here and read more about her work below.
Eliza is a marine ecologist researching ecological processes and community dynamics on urban artificial structures in coastal cities. She received her PhD from the University of Washington, MS from Virginia Tech, and BS from Emory University. Upon completion of her PhD she served as a postdoc at the National University of Singapore before moving to Smithsonian’s MarineGEO program. Her CV is available here.
Eliza’s research has explored several aspects of urbanized marine ecology, from the ecological role of artificial structures and armored shorelines, to the response of specific organisms to urban environmental conditions. Here are some highlights:
- Effects of ocean sprawl
- Urban octopus
- Urban coral reefs
- Ocean cities
- Sea level rise adaptation planning
- List of all publications available here