Welcome to the Urban Landscape Ecology Laboratory (ULEL)!

ULEL research lies in the realms of urban landscape ecology, urban biodiversity conservation, and urban sustainability. We seek to understand wildlife community ecology in cities and to identify measures that will maximize urban biodiversity for the benefit of city residents.

Our work focuses on: (1) the effects of urbanization on biodiversity, (2) edge effects in urban landscapes, (3) the ecological effects of residential development pattern and more broadly, environmental planning in human-dominated landscapes, (4) the improvement of habitat quality in cities, and (5) the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. 



Publications (*ULEL student)

Gagné, S. A., L. Bates*, and R. O. Bierregaard. In press. The effects of road and landscape characteristics on the likelihood of a Barred Owl (Strix varia)-vehicle collision. Urban Ecosystems.

Gagné, S. A., F. Eigenbrod, D. G. Bert, G. Cunnington, L. T. Olson, A. C. Smith, and L. Fahrig. 2015. A simple landscape design framework for biodiversity conservation. Landscape and Urban Planning 136:13-27.

Wine, S.*, S. A. Gagné, and R. K. Meentemeyer. 2015. Understanding human-coyote encounters in urban ecosystems using citizen science data: What do socioeconomics tell us? Environmental Management 55:159-170.

Gagné, S. A. 2013. The distinguishing features of the study of the ecology of urban landscapes. Geography Compass 7:266-286. (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and L. Fahrig. 2011. Do birds and beetles show similar responses to urbanization? Ecological Applications 21:2297-2312. (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and L. Fahrig. 2010. Effects of time since urbanization on anuran community composition in remnant urban ponds. Environmental Conservation 37:128-135. (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and L. Fahrig. 2010. The trade-off between housing density and sprawl area: minimising impacts to forest breeding birds. Basic and Applied Ecology 11:723-733.  (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and L. Fahrig. 2010. The trade-off between housing density and sprawl area: minimizing impacts to carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Ecology and Society 15(4):12. (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and R. Proulx. 2009. Accurate delineation of biogeographical regions depends on the use of an appropriate distance measure. Journal of Biogeography 36:561-562.(pdf)

Gagné, S. A., R. Proulx, and L. Fahrig. 2008. Testing Holling’s textural-discontinuity hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 35:2149-2150. (pdf)

Gagné, S. A., and L. Fahrig. 2007. Effect of landscape context on anuran communities in breeding ponds in the National Capital Region, Canada. Landscape Ecology 22:205-215.(pdf)

Gagné, S. A., F. Eigenbrod, and A. MacIntosh. 2006. Amphibian conservation in Eastern Ontario. Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. (pdf)