Urban Ecology

FoxUrban Ecology is a specialist research subject at Reading University. We will look at the global concept of urban areas, how urban areas affect a range of species (including companion animals, commensal rodents, birds and invertebrates) and discover how species have adapted to living within urban areas. The human element is also studied, especially on how human-wildlife conflicts arise and are managed. Included in this will be the impact of the urban environment on human behaviour, health and well-being.


staff photographDr Phil Baker studies the ecology and behaviour of vertebrates, and how these species are influenced by and impact upon humans, particularly in urban areas. Globally, wild vertebrates are of major importance in affecting the production of food and the spread of diseases to humans, livestock and companion animals. Conversely, many species are highly valued by society yet are negatively impacted by human activities. Sound strategies for the management of human-wildlife conflicts and for mitigating human impacts and conserving global biodiversity are, therefore, of critical importance. He is also actively involved with the student Ecology and Conservation Society, whose aim is to enable students across the University to take part in ongoing studies of e.g. wild birds and hedgehogs.


Module convenor: Dr Phil Baker

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