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University of Connecticut Mark Urban
Eco-Evolution in Space



Urban, M. C. 2015. Accelerating extinction risk from climate change. Science. 348 (6234):571-573.[pdf] [supplement]

Urban, M. C. and J. L. Richardson. 2015. The Evolution of foraging rate across local and geographic gradients in predation risk and competition. The American Naturalist.[pdf]

Henriques-Silva, R., F. Boivin, V. Calcagno, M. C. Urban, and P. R. Peres-Neto. 2015. On the evolution of dispersal via heterogeneity in spatial connectivity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 282:20142879.[pdf]

Cunningham, H. R., L. J. Rissler , L. B. Buckley, and M. C. Urban. 2015. Abiotic and biotic constraints across reptile and amphibian ranges Ecography. 38: 001–008. [pdf]

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]