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Urban Ecology

Kirsten Schwarz

Kirsten Schwarz is an urban ecologist working at the interface of environment, equity, and health. Her research focuses on environmental hazards and amenities in cities and how their distribution impacts minoritized communities. Her work on lead contaminated soils documents how biogeophysical and social variables relate to the spatial patterning of soil lead. Her research on urban tree canopy has revealed large scale patterns related to income and tree canopy as well as historical legacies that impact this relationship. Most recently, Dr.

Richard Ambrose

Richard F. Ambrose is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.  He received his B.S. from UC Irvine and his Ph.D. from UCLA.  He spent seven years at the Marine Science Institute at U.C. Santa Barbara before returning to UCLA in 1992.  He teaches graduate courses covering environmental assessment, restoration ecology, conservation biology, and the ecological effects of climate change.

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