Do you have questions about what it’s like to be a urban ecologist? Ask Daniel Nidzgorski, and keep your eyes on Science Buzz for the answer!
“Ecology isn't just about remote wilderness. We're studying the ecology of cities and towns -- the ecosystems closest to home.”
Like living organisms, our homes take in nutrients in one form and release them into the environment in another. When thousands of homes exist in the small area of a city, their flow, or flux, of nutrients and pollutants can have an impact on ecosystems across the world.
Our personal flux—how much we each affect the flow of nutrients in our ecosystem—can actually be calculated, thanks to the work of scientists on the Twin Cities Household Ecosystems Project. Meet research team member Daniel Nidzgorski. He’s following the flux.