Dr. Charlie Nilon, University of Missouri
Dr. Charles Nilon’s research considers the impact of urbanization on wildlife habitats, populations and communities. Since 1997, Nilon has been a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), one of two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research program. His work focuses on understanding how ecological and socioeconomic factors influence bird species composition and abundance. Because urban areas are homes for people as well as wildlife, Nilon’s work also considers the role of nature as part of an individual’s day-to-day environment, and environmental justice issues associated with access to nature.