Our Programs

CURes-affiliated research scientists and staff have produced a wealth of resources on myriad topics related to urban resilience. Below is a list of publications in chronological order. Visit our Research section to find resources associated with each topic.


Locke D.H., Romolini M., O’Neil-Dunne J.M., Galvin M., Strauss E.G. (2017). Understanding tree canopy change in Coastal Los Angeles through geodemoraphic segments and land use. CATE Journal, special issue on Climate Change in Mediterranean Cities.

Romolini, M., Strauss, E.G., Bruce-Eisen, S., & Simso, E.R. (2017). The Value of Urban Parklands: A User Study of the Baldwin Hills (Research Report). Los Angeles, CA: Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience. PDF

Kawecki, S., Kuleck, G., Dorsey, J.H., Leary, C., & Lum, M. (2017). The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) in waters of the Lower Ballona Creek Watershed, Los Angeles County, California. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189(6), 261.


Romolini, M., Grove, J.M., Koliba, C., Krymkowski, D., & Ventriss, C. (Online 2016). Towards an Understanding of Citywide Urban Environmental Governance: An Examination of Stewardship Networks in Baltimore and Seattle. Environmental Management. Html

Bixler, R.P., Johnson, S., Emerson, K., Nabatchi, T., Bixler, R. P., Johnson, S., Emerson, K., Nabatchi, T., Reuling, M., Curtin, C., Romolini, M., & Grove, J.M. (2016). Networks and landscapes: a framework for setting goals and evaluating performance at the large landscape scale Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(3), 145-153. PDF

Bixler, R. P., Wald, D. M., Ogden, L. A., Leong, K. M., Johnston, E. W., & Romolini, M. (2016). Network governance for large‐scale natural resource conservation and the challenge of capture. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(3), 165-171. Html | PDF

Record, S., Benveniste, E., Ferguson, P.F.B., Graves, R.A., Pfeiffer, V.W., Romolini, M., Yorke, C., & Beardmore, B. (2016). Graduate Students Navigating Social-Ecological Research: Insights from the Long Term Ecological Research Network. Ecology & Society, 21(1). Html

Svendsen, E. S., Campbell, L. K., Fisher, D. R., Connolly, J. J. T., Johnson, M. L., Sonti, N. F., Locke, D. H., Westphal, L. M., LeBlanc Fisher, C., Grove, J. M., Romolini, M., Blahna, D. J., & Wolf, K. L. (2016). Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship. Gen. Tech. Rep. 156. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 134 p. PDF



Strauss, E. G., Hunt, L. H., Romolini, M., Locke, D. H. (2015). Cities and the Environment: Eight Years of Urban Ecology Research and Practice. Cities and the Environment (CATE), 8 (2). PDF

Mitchell, N., Strohbach, M. W., Pratt, R., Finn, W. C., & Strauss, E. G. (2015). Space use by resident and transient coyotes in an urban–rural landscape mosaic. Wildlife Research, 42(6), 461-469. PDF



Barnett, M., Houle, M., Mark, S., Minner, D., Hirsch, L., Strauss, E., Hufnagel, B. (2014). Participatory professional development: Geospatially enhanced urban ecological field studies. In J. MaKinster, N. Trautmann & M. Barnett (Eds.), Teaching science and investigating environmental issues with geospatial technology: Designing effective professional development for teachers: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. PDF



Brown, J.S., Stein, E.D., Ackerman, D., Dorsey, J.H., Lyon, J., Carter, P.M. (2013). Metals and Bacteria Partitioning to Various Size Particles in Ballona Creek Storm Water Runoff. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 320–328. PDF

Dorsey, J.H., Carmona-Galindo, V.D., Leary, C., Huh, J., Valdez, J. (2013). An assessment of fecal indicator and other bacteria from an urbanized coastal lagoon in the City of Los Angeles, California, USA. Environmental Assessment and Monitoring 185:2647-2669. PDF

McNeill, K. L., Pimentel, D. S. & Strauss, E. G. (2013). The impact of high school science teachers’ beliefs, curricular enactments, and experience on student learning during an inquiry-based urban ecology curriculum. International Journal of Science Education, 35(15): 2608-2644. PDF

Romolini, M., Grove, J.M., & Locke, D. (2013). Assessing and Comparing Relationships Between Urban Environmental Stewardship Networks and Land Cover in Baltimore and Seattle. Landscape & Urban Planning 120: 190-207. PDF

Romolini, M., Record, S., Garvoille, R., Geiger, R. and Marusenko, Y. (2013). The Next Generation of Scientists: Examining the Experiences of Graduate Students in Network-Level Science. Ecology & Society18(3): 42. Html PDF

Wolf, K.L., Blahna, D., Brinkley, W. & Romolini, M. (2013). Environmental Stewardship Footprint Research: Linking Human Agency and Ecosystem Health in the Puget Sound Region. Urban Ecosystems 16:13-32. PDF



DeBay, D., Haley, J., Mark, S., Barnett, M., Anderson, A., Strauss, E., (2012). Engaging youth in visualizing sustainable urban plans using geographic information systems coupled with computer visualization. In A. Wals, P. Corcoran & H. Brandon (Eds.), Learning for sustainability in times of accelerating change: Springer. PDF

Romolini, M., Brinkley, W., & Wolf, K. (2012). What is Urban Environmental Stewardship? Constructing a Practitioner-Derived Framework. USDA Forest Service Research Note (PNW-RN-566). Seattle, WA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 41 p. PDF



Barnett, M., Houle, M., Mark, S., Strauss, E. & Hoffman, E. (2010). Learning about urban ecology through the use of visualization and geospatial technologies. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education. 18 (2): 285 – 314.

Dorsey, J.H. (2010). Improving water quality through California’s Clean Beach Initiative: an assessment of 17 projects. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 166: 95-111. PDF

Dorsey, J.H., Carter, P.M., Berquist, S., Sagarin, R. (2010). Reduction of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) in the Ballona Wetlands saltwater marsh (Los Angeles County, California, USA) with implications for restoration actions. Water Research 44: 4630-4642 PDF



Locke, D., Goonan, K., & Romolini, M. (2009). A Report on Methods for Prioritizing Areas to Increase Urban Tree Canopy in New York City. University of Vermont, USDA Forest Service, Burlington, VT.



Dorsey, J.H. (2006). Densities of Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Tidal Waters of the Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California. Southern California Academy of Sciences, Vol 105, No. 2, pp 59-7 PDF