Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

Urban Evolutionary Ecology

Urban Evolutionary Ecology

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

John M. Marzluff

University of California Press

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

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.