Why We're Here

Urban ecology is more than the study and protection of nature in cities. It is the study of cities as ecological communities in and of themselves. Urban ecology looks at cities both as complex social and ecological systems and places that are uniquely structured for human needs. Consequently, cities are indispensable laboratories of innovation for urban problems. Creative adaptation while living within limits — resilience and sustainability — is key to facing the coming social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. How cities respond to these challenges will promote or detract from the well-being of a city’s residents.

Urban Ecology and CURes

CURes is a bridge-builder among stakeholders supporting positive urban ecology interventions in Los Angeles and beyond, through courses, research, community science and public outreach. Because we are rooted in a university, we can harness the creative energies of our faculty, students and staff to develop sustainable solutions for a broad range of issues.