Corey Callaghan

Corey Callaghan

Role: PhD Candidate

Contact details: Email: c.callaghan@student.unsw.edu.au

Phone: +61 421 601 388

Office: D26 Building, UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research Focus:

Currently, more than half (54%) of the world’s population resides in urbanized areas and by 2030 60% of the world’s population will be living in urbanized areas. This has prompted much recent research in urban ecology. Urban greenspaces (e.g., parks, cemeteries, treatment wetlands) are an essential mechanism by which to study urban ecology. In the increasingly developed world there tend to be species, both native and non-native that thrive in heavily developed areas. Urban greenspaces are not only heavily utilized by a variety of taxa, but also by humans. Our ability to preserve and construct urban greenspaces within future urbanization is dependent on our knowledge of their benefits and how they are used. This research intends to investigate the broad role of urban greenspaces throughout urbanized areas. With a focus on birds, I will investigate what greenspace characteristics predict the highest avian biodiversity of urban greenspaces. Alternatively, I will investigate which avian species’ characteristics predict presence in urban environments. A central theme of the research will be the differentiation of native and non-native species. Specifically, I will elucidate associations of native and non-native species’ richness and diversity with particular landcover classes throughout urbanized areas. Lastly, I shift to an anthropogenic focus in order to investigate how humans use urban greenspaces throughout Australia, and what aspects of urban greenspaces drive visitation rates. Ultimately, the results of this research can aid in planning strategies and establishment of sustainable cities worldwide.

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