Urban Ecosystem Services
Does every community enjoy the same benefits? Are there winners and losers? This project is multi-layered, with each team focusing on a different service, and working with a different organization or agency. In 2015, teams will focus on pollination.
We’re talking to:
- The Urban Pollination Project, a citizen science project dedicated to measuring pollination services in urban environments.
- Scott Behmer at Seattle Community Farms, Yun Pitre the South Region Seattle Community Coordinator, and Seattle Tilth, people and NGOs with a mission of bringing the farm to the city.
- Faculty mentors in the UW Bothell, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Martha Groom and Jin-Kyu Jung who work at the intersection of plant communities, pollinators, and urban environmental mapping.
- Forterra, the largest conservation and community-building organization in the Northwest; an NGO committed to highlighting and preserving urban ecosystem services.
Project Abstract:This project will map pollinator and people activity across landscape features in urban and rural areas to determine how community gardens influence the local ecology and the local community. Scholars will capture citizens’ involvement in community gardening, as well as their perceptions of community gardens and urban conservation efforts. Scholars will also trap, identify, and quantify pollinators – both native and introduced – and examine fruiting success of key urban garden crops. Project data will help inform how to make community gardens more effective in building community around greening urban areas, as well as address food production concerns.
Scholar Skills and Knowledge to be Acquired: Field methods and experimental design, data collection and analysis, survey design, application and analysis, GIS-based landscape analysis, community outreach and organizing skills.
Potential Products: An on-line GIS map featuring intersection hotspots of pollinators, people, and plants.