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.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 724: Landscape Analysis & Management (ENVIRON 724: Landscape Analysis & Management)
ENVIRON 714: Landscape Ecology (ENVIRON 714: Landscape Ecology)

Contact Information

Box 90328
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)