Urban Biodiversity: The Natural History of the New Jersey Meadowlands


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Urban Biodiversity: The Natural History of the New Jersey Meadowlands Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Lexington Books
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Pages: 470 Illustrations and other contents: Illustrations, unspecified; Tables; Black & White Illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781498599917 Categories: , , , , ,

With large-scale, global declines in many species of plants and animals and other disruptions such as climate change and urbanization, we must learn how humans and other species can coexist with one another. In a case study of urban biodiversity, Erik Kiviat and Kristi MacDonald present two decades of data and assessment of the habitats and biota of the New Jersey Meadowlands. Urban Biodiversity: The Natural History of New Jersey Meadowlands documents the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, seed plants, mosses, and lichens of the Meadowlands region and the patterns of their occurrence. The work records the natural history of an urban-industrial region, helping decision makers foster the biodiversity that thrives in cities and giving planners tools to reduce the biological degradation that occurs with urbanization.

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"It is a pleasure to read this book that documents the great variety of wonderful plants and animals that now call the Meadowlands home." -- Judith Weis, Rutgers University "This book presents a critically important case study of how biodiversity can be studied, monitored, and managed in our increasingly urban world. Kiviat and McDonald bring to vivid life the habitats and creatures that have survived, and some that have even thrived, in the New Jersey Meadowlands, amidst interstates, suburbs, factories, and malls-and all of the associated environmental damage that comes with them. This will be a critical reference for scientists and land managers interested in the Meadowlands but also an inspiring resource for anyone with an interest in the natural history of urban areas. The sheer scope of the biodiversity identified here is itself a paean to the extraordinary skills of natural historians in the field." -- Felicia Keesing, Bard College "Kiviat and MacDonald patiently lead us through the complexities of what is, in ecological terms, the center of the New York City region, the estuarine heart of the region. Just as the Meadowlands are a still too-secret defense against the devastating impact of climate change, so Urban Biodiversity is a vital tool in a battle that unchecked development threatens to win each and every day." -- Robert Sullivan, author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, and My American Revolution,

Author Biography

Erik Kiviat is executive director of Hudsonia, a nonprofit institute for scientific research and education based in Annandale, New York. Kristi MacDonald is director of science at Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Bedminster, New Jersey.