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17.04.18—20:00    Urbanisation, what does it do to animals, plants and people? Campus Bijloke - Cirque lecture

Urbanisation, what does it do to animals, plants and people? A lecture within the framework of the PWO-focus project 'Dierschap' by Hans Van Dyck (Prof. Behavioural Ecology, UCL), Dutch spoken.

Man is the champion at putting the environment to his own devices. Cities offer an extreme form of such human creations. Worldwide, the urban area is expanding at a furious rate. It seems to be the opposite of pure nature. Yet we see a diverse range of species with varying degrees of success colonising and taking over the city.

Who's coming to town and why? Does the city change the properties of animals and plants? Does a city mentality exist in birds, butterflies and spiders? For some years now, biologists have been very fascinated by this expanding artificial environment.

What is happening in our cities and what could the city of the future look like in terms of fauna, flora and our own fascinating species?

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