Special Issue "Anthropogenic Impacts on Urban Mammals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2020) | Viewed by 20374
Interests: behavioural ecology of vertebrates in anthropogenic environments; biodiversity conservation and mitigation of human–wildlife conflict; mammals in urban landscapes, community dynamics and disease transmission; niche partitioning between foxes, badgers, domestic cats and hedgehogs; foxes and the intermediate gastropod hosts of helminth diseases; developing novel technologies for investigating urban ecological processes
Urbanisation is a major cause of land-use change worldwide, and urban ecology is a topical, recent, and rapidly advancing research area. Mammals comprise proportionally low biodiversity relative to other taxa but can be highly visible in urban areas, and their presence may be controversial. Urban environments present challenges and opportunities for them, with some generalist species thriving in towns and cities and others suffering declines. Urban areas can provide beneficial microclimates and resources for mammals but may also threaten populations due to infrastructure that fragments populations (e.g., buildings and other paved surfaces) or directly increases mortality (e.g., road traffic or misadventure). Proximity to wild mammals can create real or perceived negative effects on people, which may result in persecution. Conversely, many urban dwellers report increased wellbeing from interactions with mammalian wildlife, which they may actively encourage, e.g., via supplementary feeding.
We invite original contributions that elucidate how human activity within or on the periphery of urban areas affects wild mammals, and/or what approaches can be used to mitigate negative impacts. This may include but is not restricted to: behavioural adaptations to urban environments; genetic effects of urbanisation on mammal populations; effects of supplementary feeding on population size, health and welfare; spread of disease between humans, pets and wild species; movement corridors, green spaces and other habitat modification; social impacts and education; and involvement of citizens in monitoring wild mammals.
Dr. Bryony Tolhurst
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- human-wildlife interactions
- human–wildlife conflict
- animal welfare