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Christopher Swan

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2003
216 Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building

Research Interests

Community Ecology, Biodiversity, Urban Ecology, Ecology of Rivers & Streams

Recent Research Activities
  • Metacommunities in River Networks
  • Multi-Scale Diversity in Built Ecosystems
  • Community Assembly and Stream Restoration
Recent Publications

Sol, D., C. Trisos, C. Múrria, A. Jeliazkov, C. González-Lagos, C. M. Swan, J. A. Tobia & S. Pavoine. 2020. The worldwide impact of urbanisation on avian functional diversity. Ecology Letters 23(6): 962-972

Pickett, S., Cadenasso, M., Baker, M., Band, L., Boone, C., Buckley, G., Groffman, P., Grove, M., Irwin, E., Kaushal, S., LaDeau, S., Miller, A., Nilon, C., Romolini, M., Rosi, E., Swan, C., Szlavecz, K. 2020. Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social-Ecological Research Project, BioScience 70(4):297–314.

Borowy, D. & C.M. Swan. 2020. A Multi-Trait Comparison of an Urban Plant Species Pool Reveals the Importance of Intraspecific Trait Variation and Its Influence on Distinct Functional Responses to Soil Quality. Front. Ecol. Evol.

Andrade R, J. Franklin, K. L. Larson, C. M. Swan, S. B. Lerman, H, L. Bateman, P. S. Warren, A. York. Predicting the assembly of novel communities in urban ecosystems, Landscape Ecology,

Voelker, N. & C. M. Swan. The Interaction Between Environmental Constraints and Regional Species Pools on a Zooplankton Metacommunity. Science of the Total Environment 754:141861

Pickett, S.T.A., M.L. Cadenasso, J. M. Grove, E. G. Irwin & C. M. Swan (editors). 2019. Science for the Sustainable City: Empirical Insights from the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology. Yale University Press.

Todd, P.A., L. H. L. Loke, E. C. Heery, R. H. Thurstan, D. J. Kotze & C. Swan. Forum: The impacts and processes of marine urbanization. Oikos

Brown, B. L., C. Wahl & C. M. Swan. 2018. Experimentally disentangling the influence of dispersal and habitat filtering on benthic invertebrate community structure. Freshwater Biology 63(1): 48-61.

Swan, C.M. and B.L. Brown. 2017. Metacommunity theory meets restoration: Isolation may mediate how ecological communities respond to stream restoration. Ecological Applications, 27(7):2209–2219. 92(1):160-169.

Swan, C. M., A. L. Johnson & D. Nowak. 2017. Differential organization of taxonomic and functional diversity in an urban woody plant metacommunity. Applied Vegetation Science 20(1):7-17.

Courses Taught

Ecology, Quantitative Field Ecology, Aquatic Ecology