Dean L. Urban
Dean L. Urban
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Initiatives | Professor of Landscape Ecology
ESC Program Co-chair
My interest in landscape ecology focuses on the agents and implications of pattern in forested landscapes. Increasingly, my research is in what has been termed "theoretical applied ecology," developing new analytic approaches to applications of immediate practical concern such as conservation planning. A hallmark of my Lab is the integration of field studies, spatial analysis, and simulation modeling in extrapolating our fine-scale empirical understanding of environmental issues to the larger space and time scales of management and policy.
In The News
Lovette, JP, Duncan, JM, Smart, LS, Fay, JP, Olander, LP, Urban, DL, Daly, N, Blackwell, J, Hoos, AB, García, AM, and Band, LE. "Leveraging Big Data Towards Functionally-Based, Catchment Scale Restoration Prioritization." Environmental Management (August 31, 2018).
Hassett, BA, Sudduth, EB, Somers, KA, Urban, DL, Violin, CR, Wang, S-Y, Wright, JP, Cory, RM, and Bernhardt, ES. "Pulling apart the urbanization axis: patterns of physiochemical degradation and biological response across stream ecosystems." Freshwater Science (July 17, 2018): 000-000.
Baruch, EM, Voss, KA, Blaszczak, JR, Delesantro, J, Urban, DL, and Bernhardt, ES. "Not all pavements lead to streams: variation in impervious surface connectivity affects urban stream ecosystems." Freshwater Science (June 21, 2018): 000-000.
Forester, BR, Lasky, JR, Wagner, HH, and Urban, DL. "Comparing methods for detecting multilocus adaptation with multivariate genotype-environment associations." Molecular Ecology 27, no. 9 (May 2018): 2215-2233.
Qiu, J, Game, ET, Tallis, H, Olander, LP, Glew, L, Kagan, JS, Kalies, EL, Michanowicz, D, Phelan, J, Polasky, S, Reed, J, Sills, EO, Urban, D, and Weaver, SK. "Evidence-Based Causal Chains for Linking Health, Development, and Conservation Actions." Bioscience 68, no. 3 (March 2018): 182-193.
Streams in urbanizing landscapes: from syndrome diagnosis to watershed prescription awarded by National Science Foundation
Assessing adaptative capacity in response to climate change: terrestrial salamanders in an urban heat island mesocosm awarded by National Science Foundation
Evaluating the implications of local adaptation, habitat connectivity, and gene flow for terrestrial salamanders under g awarded by Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Assessment of Ecosystem Service Value and Program Delivery Options: Establishment of a Scalable Model for Research and E awarded by Mississippi State University
area(s) of expertiseBiodiversity Conservation Ecology Endangered/Threatened Species Forests Geospatial Technologies Global Change Ecology Land Use Advisor: UPE Doctoral Program
Durham, NC 27708-0328
A320 Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1986)
M.A., Southern Illinois University (1981)
B.A., Southern Illinois University (1978)