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    Mark Hostetler

    With over twenty years of experience in urban wildlife and green development issues, Dr. Mark Hostetler conducts research and outreach on how urban landscapes could be designed and managed, from small to large scales, to conserve biodiversity. He has extensive experience in working with homeowners, developers, and policy makers on ways to manage and design residential developments for biodiversity. Dr. Hostetler co-founded University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities and collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and graduate students. Dr. Hostetler works with policy makers, developers, and homeowners to establish natural resource conservation strategies in communities that are billed as “green” developments. In particular, he conducts a national continuing education course on conserving biodiversity in subdivision development, and he has recently published a book titled, The Green Leap: A Primer for Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development.

    May 28, 2016

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    Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Johan Enqvist, Stockholm
    Sheila Foster, New York City
    Lisa Gansky, San Francisco
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Michelle Johnson, New York City
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    David Maddox, New York City
    Michael Mehaffy, Portland
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Raul Pacheco-Vega, Aguascalientes
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal
    Anne Trumble, Los Angeles
    Arjen Wals, Wageningen
    Abigail York, Tempe

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    March 6, 2016

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    Why Conserve Small Forest Fragments and Individual Trees in Urban Areas?
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    For many developers and city planners, it takes time and money to plan around trees and small forest fragments. Often, the message from conservationists is that we want to avoid fragmentation and to conserve large forested areas. While this goal...

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    December 8, 2015

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    An explicitly urban Sustainable Development Goal has been adopted by the UN (#11). Now what? Where could it go wrong?
    Genie Birch, Philadelphia
    Ben Bradlow, Boston
    William Dunbar, Tokyo
    Peter Head, London
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Hui Ling Lim, Singapore
    Shuaib Lwasa, Kampala
    Jose Puppim, Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio
    Andrew Rudd, New York City
    Karen Seto, New Haven
    David Simon, Gothenburg
    Bolanle Wahab, Ibadan
    Lorena Zárate, Mexico City

       

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    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
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Bill Toomey, Sandy Hook
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Paula Villagra, Los Rios

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    June 30, 2015

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    10 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar…what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making?
    Myla Aronson, New Brunswick
    Georgina Avlonitis, Cape Town
    Keith Bowers, Charleston
    Sarah Charlop-Powers, New York
    Haripriya Gundimeda, Mumbai
    Bram Gunther, New York
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Amy Hahs, Parkville, Australia
    Fadi Hamdan, Beirut
    John Hartig, Detroit
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Michael Jemtrud, Montreal
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Louise Lezy-Bruno, Paris
    Yvonne Lynch, Melbourne
    Ian MacGregor-Fors, Veracruz
    Charlie Nilon, Columbia
    Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City
    Jose Puppim, Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio
    Rebecca Salminen Witt, Detroit
    Eric Sanderson, New York
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    June 14, 2015

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    How Can We Engage Residents to Conserve Urban Biodiversity? Talk to Them
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    If you are like me, when walking in some neighborhoods, you see the endless yards of turfgrass and exotic plants and you think to yourself, “How can I reach people to change their landscaping practices?” Or you may see natural...

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    January 25, 2015

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    What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments? 
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Daniel Feinberg, Seattle

    Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as opposed to traditional...

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    October 5, 2014

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    Do urban green corridors “work”? It depends on what we want them to do. What ecological and/or social functions can we realistically expect green corridors to perform in cities? What attributes define them, from a design and performance perspective?
    Diego Borrero, Cali
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    Lena Chan, Singapore
    Geoffrey Davison, Singapore
    Susannah Drake, New York City
    Marcus Hedblom, Uppsala
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Chris Ives, Lüneburg
    Tori Kjer, Los Angeles
    Kathryn Lwin, London
    Pierre-André Martin, Rio de Janeiro
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln
    Toni Pujol, Barcelona
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Marten Wallberg, Stockholm
    Na Xiu, Uppsala & Xi’an
    Irene Guida, Venice

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    August 6, 2014

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    The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years (or more) have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical...

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    January 15, 2014

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    A Matter of Scale: Connecting Human Design Decisions with Decisions Made by Wildlife
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    Ok, if you can look past my anthropomorphic statement that wildlife make decisions, the topic I would like to address deals with the adoption and use of ecological principles by the design community. Patch size, landscape connectivity, edge effects, corridor...

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    July 7, 2013

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    To Make Real Change for Urban Biodiversity—Follow the Money
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    I am going to take an iconoclastic view on how to conserve urban biodiversity in the real world: we do not need more research on defining the problem or defining the benefits of conserving biodiversity. I think we have enough...

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    February 20, 2013

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    In Terms of Conserving Biodiversity—How Functional is a Conservation Development?
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    I recently blogged about how we could construct urban communities that conserve biodiversity. On private lands marked for development, one strategy to conserve biodiversity is to build a conservation development (CD). CD is an approach to the design, construction, and...

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    October 29, 2012

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    The Green Leap: Can We Construct Urban Communities that Conserve Biodiversity?
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    For the first time in our history, more people live in urban vs. rural areas and humans continue to move into cities. Cities have huge impacts on our natural resources. Urban dwellers consume vast amounts of energy, produce waste, and...

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