SICB Annual Meeting 2018
January 3-7, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Symposium: Behavioral and physiological adaptation to urban environments

As urban areas continue to grow, understanding how species respond and adapt to urbanization is becoming increasingly important. Knowledge of the mechanisms behind observed phenotypic changes in urban animals will enable us to better judge the impact of urbanization on current and future generations of urban wildlife while also shedding light on how animals respond to novel environments. In the past decade, urban ecology has emerged as a means of understanding organismal adaptation but also as a framework for exploring mechanisms mediating evolutionary phenomena. This symposium will bring together leading experts in ecology and evolutionary biology who work in a broad range of taxa using innovative techniques. The overarching goals of this symposium are to: 1) develop an integrative framework for characterizing and predicting individual and population responses to urbanization at a larger and longer-term scale, one that will guide and inspire the field of behavioral and physiological adaptation; 2) development of an experimental approach to the study of urban eco-physiology which has been so far largely lacking; 3) integrate physiological mechanisms with behavioral studies for individual-based characterization of urban adapters or avoiders; 4) develop new connections between SICB and the larger community of ecologists whose work involves urban ecology.  

Sponsors: Society Wide Symposium. Sponsors: DCE, DAB, DEE, DEDE, DCPB


  • Jenny Ouyang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Reno
  • Davide Dominoni, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology


S10-1 Sunday, Jan. 7, 07:45 OUYANG, Jenny*; DOMINONI, Davide: Introduction to symposium: Behavioral and physiological adaptation to urban environments

S10-2 Sunday, Jan. 7, 08:00 BONIER, F*; MARTIN, PR: Environmental challenges, species interactions, and urban adaptation

S10-3 Sunday, Jan. 7, 08:30 LEFEBVRE, Louis*; DUCATEZ, Simon; SAYOL, Ferran; SOL, Daniel: Are Urban Species City Specialists or Habitat Generalists?

S10-4 Sunday, Jan. 7, 09:00 LAPIEDRA, Oriol: Behavioral adaptations to urban environments: an integrative perspective from individuals to species

S10-5 Sunday, Jan. 7, 10:00 ZOLLINGER, Sue Anne*; BRUMM, Henrik: Effects of Experimental Traffic Noise Exposure on Avian Health and Fitness

S10-6 Sunday, Jan. 7, 10:30 KLEIST, NJ; GURALNICK, RP; CRUZ, A; LOWRY, CA; FRANCIS, CD*: Anthropogenic noise, psychological stress and fitness: disrupted glucocorticoid signaling among breeding songbirds

S10-7 Sunday, Jan. 7, 11:00 FRENCH, SS*; SMITH, GD; HUDSON, SB; DURSO, AM: Town and Country Reptiles: Physiological Trade-offs Across a Changing Landscape

S10-8 Sunday, Jan. 7, 11:30 HUTTON, P*; MCGRAW, KJ: People, please power down the party: relative effects of human presence at night on metabolism, disease, and condition in rural v. urban finches

S10-9 Sunday, Jan. 7, 13:30 GARROWAY, CJ*; FLETCHER, QE; BALZER, E; FERRY, C; KINNUNEN, R; SCHMIDT, C; SOLMUNDSON, K: Eastern Grey Squirrel Colour Morphs and Urban Adaptation

S10-10 Sunday, Jan. 7, 14:00 SALMóN, Pablo; WATSON, Hannah; NORD, Andreas; HERRERA-DUENAS, Amparo; ISAKSSON, Caroline*: Oxidative stress physiology and survival in the urban environment

S10-11 Sunday, Jan. 7, 14:30 KERNBACH, ME*; MILLER, JM; UNNASCH, TR; MARTIN, LB: Light Pollution Increases Host Competence to West Nile Virus in a Reservoir Species

S10-12 Sunday, Jan. 7, 15:00 SNELL-ROOD, Emilie C*; KOBIELA, Megan E: Potential for adaptation of pollinators to roadside habitats: effects of sodium and heavy metals

Complementary Sessions: Session 90, Session 102

Photographs courtesy of: Colin Garroway, Dave Keeling, D. Zaraza, Kevin McGraw, Louis Lefebvre, Sue Anne Zollinger, Susannah French.