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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation$
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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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Urban Evolutionary Ecology

Urban Evolutionary Ecology

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(p.286) (p.287) Chapter Eighteen Urban Evolutionary Ecology
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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation
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John M. Marzluff

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273092.003.0018

Understanding the evolutionary responses of birds to urbanization has lagged behind understanding ecological responses. I provide a conceptual framework for understanding evolutionary processes in urban environments and distill key features of birds that enable them to evolve with the novel features of urban environments. Contemporary evolution of cultural and genetic traits is well documented in urban environments. Furthermore, because of the close association between people and birds in urban environments, coevolutionary relationships are possible. These may involve genetic and cultural traits. For example, humans and corvids appear to be culturally coevolving in American, European, and Asian cities. Showing the public that evolution occurs in their backyards may provide a unique way to engage them in science.

Keywords:   adaptation, contemporary evolution, cultural evolution, extinction, natural selection, urbanization

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