Eric G. Strauss, founding director of the Boston College Environmental Studies Program and founding science director of the Urban Ecology Institute, will present a seminar entitled “Urban Ecology: Research for Understanding the Socio-ecological Dynamics of Cities” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in 316 Percival Hall on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.

Strauss will explore his collaborative research efforts that have ranged from the conservation biology of diamondback terrapins to eastern coyote behavioral ecology and rapid ecological assessment of urban habitat mosaics. Also discussed will be regional and national initiatives from the USDA Forest Service and the National Science Foundation that are providing opportunities for collaborative research with faculty, staff, students and the greater community of WVU.

Strauss is a nationally recognized leader in the study of endangered species and coastal habitats. He has recently completed a multi-media biology curriculum for high schools that includes both a textbook and a television series. He has been the principal investigator on a number of groundbreaking studies, including a study of the conservation biology of piping plovers and a study of the Lyme disease system conducted in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health.

Founded in Boston, MA in 1998, the Urban Ecology Institute (UEI) aims to promote the health of urban ecosystems through research, education, and community action. UEI helps urban communities build healthy and vibrant cities by educating students and other residents about their neighborhood environments, connecting them to each other, and engaging them in the transformation of their communities into healthy places where people want to live.

His lecture is sponsored by the Environmental Research Center and the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. The seminar is free and open to the public.



CONTACT: David Welsh