The Center for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface (CESURI) engages students, researchers and stakeholders in interdisciplinary efforts to clarify the influence of urbanization across rural landscapes. For more information about the goals and research philosophies of the CESURI please click here.
Dr. Heather Enloe recently graduated from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and will be working at the University of Florida in 2015. She started in 2009 on an urbanization project supported by both the CESURI and the US Forest Service. Her research focused on the impacts of urbanization on carbon and nitrogen cycling in the Florida panhandle. There is a concern that alterations to the soil abiotic and biotic environment (i.e. higher temperatures, increased carbon dioxide, increased presence of exotic species, N deposition) from urbanization may alter carbon and nitrogen storage in soils as well as nitrogen availability to plants. One of the major findings from this research indicate that unmanaged forest fragments within the city, i.e. “urban forests”, have two times the amount of plant available nitrogen in their surface soil compared to forests in rural areas. Urbanization appears to stimulate soil microbial biomass and activity and this may be influencing the soil nitrogen mineralization rates in the forest sites.
The Center for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface (CESURI) seeks to enhance and facilitate linkages among research and education activities that focus on comparability between natural resources and urban expansion at regional, national, or international scales.
The Center fosters interdisciplinary efforts that integrate biological and socioeconomic issues. The CESURI functions as a primary interface between society and natural resources issues which directly influence our quality of life.