Urban Ecology Research Lab

Welcome to our lab

We study the role of plants and soils in human-dominated and urban ecosystems

We measure the influence of vegetation and soil processes on the physical environment including local climate, pollution, water resources, aesthetics, and human comfort. We use a variety of tools including measurements of plant physiology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem services, attitudes and preferences, and sociodemographic variables. Our goal is to quantify the environmental costs and benefits of planting, restoring, and managing landscapes in urban areas and at the urban-wildland interface to inform choices about urban and landscape planning and design.

Note: Diane Pataki is currently serving as a rotating Program Director at the National Science Foundation.