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  • Madhusudan Katti

    Madhusudan Katti

    I am an evolutionary ecologist who discovered birds as an undergrad after growing up a nature-oblivious urban kid near Bombay, went chasing after vanishing wildernesses in the Himalaya and Western Ghats as a graduate student, and returned to study cities grown up as a reconciliation ecologist. I study ecological and evolutionary processes in more or less human dominated ecosystems with the goal of applying our understanding of these processes towards reconciling biodiversity conservation with human development. I am Project Leader of the multidisciplinary Urban Long-Term Research Area – Fresno And Clovis Ecosocial Study (ULTRA-FACES) project, where we study the interactions between water policy, human water use, and urban biodiversity, and Co-Principal Investigator of an NCEAS (National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis) Working Group on the comparative ecology of urban biodiversity worldwide. Other research in my laboratory addresses the behavioral consequences of human activities on other species, such as the effects of urban noise on bird song, and the foraging ecology of mammals and birds in cities. I am a Guest Editor for a special forthcoming issue of Cities and the Environment journal focusing on the ULTRA network. I serve on the Board of Directors of Fresno Audubon Society, the Science Advisory Board of Desert Biodiversity, the Advisory Board of Current Conservation and the Editorial Board of Indian Birds. I try to make science part of our cultural mainstream through the Central Valley Café Scientifique, the Fresno Bird Count, and my primary blog.

    November 5, 2015

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    Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Erle Ellis, Baltimore
    Leonie Fischer, Berlin
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    Ingo Kowarik, Berlin
    Mark McDonnell, Melbourne
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln, NZ
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Bill Toomey, Sandy Hook
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Paula Villagra, Los Rios

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    January 31, 2015

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    Is there such a thing as a “bird friendly city”? What does it look like? What does it not look like? Why bother?
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville
    Luke Engleback, Tunbridge Wells
    Dusty Gedge, London
    David Goode, London
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    John Marzluff, Seattle
    Bongani Mnisi, Cape Town
    Glenn Phillips, New York City
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Ken Smith, New York
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Maxime Zucca, Paris

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    July 7, 2014

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    How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    David Burg, New York City
    Mark Davis, Saint Paul
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Katie Holzer, Davis
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Toby Query, Portland
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Paula Villagra & Carmen Silva, Los Rios, Chile
    Peter Werner

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    June 22, 2014

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    The Rhythms of City Life
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno

    A friend once told me about the time he started finding dry dog food pellets mysteriously appearing in his pockets every time he put on a freshly laundered and dried pair of pants. Dr. Will Turner had a dog, of course,...

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    January 26, 2014

    A pair of lesser flamingos in Mumbai’s busy port area.  Photo: Madhusudan Katti
    Biodiversity Can Flourish on an Urban Planet
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno

    Mention the word biodiversity to a city dweller and images of remote natural beauty will probably come to mind — not an empty car park around the corner. Wildlife, we think, should be found in wild places, or confined to...

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    July 3, 2013

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    We’re Not In a Village Anymore
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno

    “Your stomach is empty since yesterday. Let me make you some soup,” said the monk to me as I took deep breaths to try and get more oxygen to my altitude-sickened body, “it may help with your nausea too.” As...

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    February 10, 2013

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    Water and the City: A Dispatch From an American Frontier Town
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno

    Out in the no longer so Wild West of America, a war is brewing. At the fringes of the great southwestern deserts, in the shadows of the high Sierra Nevada mountains, lies the great Central Valley of California, a primary battleground...

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