HCS Spring 2016 Seminar Series: Managing Vacant Land to Support Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Mar 2, 2016, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Video link 244 Kottman Hall and 121 Fisher Auditorium
Mary Gardiner
Worldwide the majority of the world's people now live in cities. Traditionally conservation
has focused primanly on rural and natural landscapes, yet, with the Earth's surface so significantly
shaped by human activity it is critical to understand how to preserve and promote species in these
human--Oominated ecosystems. Although we see a rise in urban living across the globe, due to
protected economic downturn and the recent foreclosure crisis, many United States cities have lost
substantial population in recent decades. This has left municipalities with the task of demolishing
abandoned residential structures, creating parcels of vacant land. One such city is Cleveland, Ohio
which has over 20,000 vacant lots covering 1,450 hectares of land area. These newly formed green
spaces have the potential to serve multiple environmental functions including species conservation,
storm water retention and local food production. This seminar will examine the conservation value of
vacant land for arthropod biodiversity and how conversion of this habitat to address environmental
concerns influences these species and the services they support.