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We are a conservation science lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. Our lab envisions cities where nature and people thrive together. Our mission is to undertake scientific research that supports ecological and conservation-minded urban design, planning, and policy. We use theories and principles in ecology and conservation science to provide evidence-based solutions that simultaneously conserve biological diversity and improve the lives of urban residents.

Recent Lab News

07-13-2021: Master’s student, Kate Ritzel, successfully defended her thesis on behavior adaptations in urban mammals. Congratulations, Kate!!

07-12-2021: Our new paper “Global Trends in Urban Wildlife Ecology and Conservation” that was led by Ph.D. student Merri Collins is now published online at Biological Conservation.

07-04-2021: Merri’s first dissertation chapter was accepted in Biological Conservation! We are looking forward to sharing soon.

06-13-2021: Dan is a co-author on a newly published dataset from the SNAPSHOT USA project - a coordinated effort to collect camera trap data from all 50 U.S. states.

06-09-2021: Dan has a new paper published in Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy comparing the influence of infrared and white-flash camera traps on species detections