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University of Connecticut Mark Urban
Eco-Evolution in Space



Urban, M. C., L. A. Lewis, K. Fucikova, and A. Cordone. 2015. Population of origin and environment interact to determine oomycete infections in spotted salamander populations. Oikos. 124: 274-284. [Link] [pdf]


Richardson, J. L., M. C. Urban, D. I. Bolnick, and D. K. Skelly. 2014. Microgeographic adaptation and the spatial scale of evolution. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 29(3): 165-176. [Link] [pdf]

Urban, M. C., J. L. Richardson, and N. A. Freidenfelds. 2014. Plasticity and genetic adaptation mediate amphibian and reptile responses to climate change. Evolutionary Applications. 7: 88-103. [Link] [pdf] [cover]

Herstoff, E., and M. C. Urban. 2014. Will pre-adaptation buffer the impacts of climate change on novel species interactions? Ecography. 37: 111-119. [Link] [pdf] [cover]


Jones, C. S., and M. C. Urban. 2013. Promise and pitfalls of a gender-blind faculty search. BioScience 63(8): 611-612. [Link] [pdf]

Richardson, J. L., and M. C. Urban. 2013. Strong selection barriers explain microgeographic adaptation in wild salamander populations. Evolution. 67(6): 1729-1740. [Link] [pdf]

Urban, M. C., P. L. Zarnetske, and D. K. Skelly. 2013. Moving forward: dispersal and species interactions determine biotic responses to climate change. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1297: 44-60. [Link] [pdf]

Urban, M. C., R. Bürger, and D.I. Bolnick. 2013. Asymmetric selection and the evolution of extraordinary defences. Nature Communications. 4, Article number: 2085. [Link] [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2013. Evolution mediates the effects of apex predation on aquatic food webs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 20130859 [Link] [pdf]


Norberg, J., M. C. Urban, M. Vellend, C. A. Klausmeier, and N. Loeuille. 2012. Eco-evolutionary responses of biodiversity to climate change. Nature Climate Change. [pdf]

Urban, M. C., L. De Meester, M. Vellend, R. Stoks, and J. Vanoverbeke. 2012. A crucial step toward realism: responses to climate change from an evolving metacommunity perspective. Evolutionary Applications 5: 154–167. [pdf]

Zarnetske, P. L., D. K. Skelly, and M. C. Urban. 2012. Biotic multipliers of climate change. Science. 336:1516-1518. [pdf]

Urban, M. C., J. J. Tewksbury, and K. S. Sheldon. 2012. On a collision course: competition and dispersal differences create no-analogue communities and cause extinctions during climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2072-2080. [pdf]


Urban, M. C. 2011. The evolution of species interactions across natural landscapes. Ecology Letters. 14: 723-732. [pdf]

Urban, M. C., Gilman, S. E., J. Tewksbury, and R. D. Holt. 2011. Heating up relations between cold fish : competition modifies responses to climate change. Journal of Animal Ecology. 80: 505-507. [pdf]

Bolnick, D. I., P. Amarasekare, M. S. Araujo, R. Burger, J. M. Levine, M. Novak, V. H. W. Rudolf, S. J. Schreiber, M. C. Urban, and D. A. Vasseur. 2011. Why intraspecific variation matters in community ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 26(4): 183-192. [pdf]


Gilman, S. E., M. C. Urban, J. Tewksbury, G. W. Gilchrist, & R. D. Holt. 2010. A framework for community interactions under climate change. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 25(6): 325-331. [pdf]

Buckley, L. B., M. C. Urban, M. J. Angilletta, L. Crozier, L. J. Rissler, & M. W. Sears. 2010. Contrasting correlative and mechanistic models of species ranges : putting concepts into practice. Ecology Letters. 13: 1041-1054. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2010. Microgeographic adaptation of larval salamander morphologies across landscape gradients in two predation threats. Oikos. 119(4): 646-658. [pdf]


Urban, M. C., & L. De Meester. 2009. Community monopolization: local adaptation enhances priority effects in an evolving metacommunity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 276: 4129-4138. [pdf]


Urban, M. C. 2008. Salamander evolution across a latitudinal cline in gape-limited predation risk. Oikos. 117: 1037-1049. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. et al. 2008. The evolutionary ecology of metacommunities. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 23(6): 311-317. [pdf]

* Rated #1 hottest article in TREE for Apr. - Sept. 2008

Urban, M. C., B. L. Phillips, D. K. Skelly, and R. Shine. 2008. The toad more traveled: the heterogeneous invasion dynamics of cane toads in Australia. American Naturalist. 171(3): E134-E148. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2008. The evolution of prey body size reaction norms in diverse communities. Journal of Animal Ecology. 77: 346-355. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2008. Ecological Genetics. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Chichester. [pdf]


Urban, M. C. 2007. The growth-predation risk tradeoff under a growing gape-limited predation threat. Ecology. 88(10): 2587-2597. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2007. Predator size and phenology shape prey survival in temporary ponds. Oecologia. 154: 571-580. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2007. Risky prey behavior evolves in risky habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 104(36): 14377-14382. [pdf]

* Covered by Science News, National Geographic, The New Scientist, et al.

Urban, M. C., B. L. Phillips, D. K. Skelly, and R. Shine. 2007. The cane toad’s (Chaunus [Bufo] marinus) increasing ability to invade Australia is revealed by a dynamically updated range model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 274: 1413-1419. [pdf]

* Recommended by A. Hendry in the Faculty of 1000

* Covered by Nature News, BBC, Today Show Australia, et al.


Urban, M. C. 2006. Maladaptation and mass-effects in a metacommunity: consequences for species coexistence. American Naturalist. 168(1): 28-40. [main-pdf] [appendix-pdf]

Urban, M. C. and D. K. Skelly. 2006. Evolving metacommunities: Toward an evolutionary perspective on metacommunities. Ecology. 87(7): 1616-1626. [pdf]

Urban, M. C. 2006. Road facilitation of trematode infections in snails of northern Alaska. Conservation Biology. 20(4): 1143:1149. [pdf]

Urban, M. C., D. K. Skelly, D. Burchsted, W. Price, S. Lowry. 2006. Stream communities across a rural-urban landscape gradient. Diversity and Distributions. 12:337-350. [pdf]

* Recommended by P. Kareiva in the Faculty of 1000

Urban, M. C. 2006. Conservation beyond community (Book Review). Conservation Biology. 20: 1330. [pdf]


Skelly, D. K., M. A. Halverson, L. K. Freidenburg, and M. C. Urban. 2005. Canopy closure and amphibian biodiversity in forested wetlands. Wetlands Ecology & Management. 13:261-268. [pdf


Urban, M. C. 2004. Disturbance heterogeneity determines freshwater metacommunity structure. Ecology. 85(11): 2971-2978. [pdf]