Marina Alberti, Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Washington
Isaac Brown, Doctoral Student, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California at Los Angeles
Bart Johnson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Traditional regulatory drivers and research emphasize protected species, sensitive ecosystems, and more natural environments, while urban biodiversity initiatives that focus on novel ecosystem types are advancing with limited scientific basis or best practice frameworks. Often under the umbrellas of sustainability planning, infrastructure upgrades, or architecture and urban design, decision makers are tackling challenges that include understanding urban biodiversity patterns and processes; enhancing designed landscapes from site to regional scales; increasing equitable access to nature and native biodiversity; balancing increased density and connections with nature; and applying emerging design paradigms like biophilia and biomimicry. This working group attempted to bridge ecological sciences, urban design and planning, and social sciences to explore emerging challenges facing researchers, practitioners and decision makers.