The Urban Pioneers: Thesis Part 2

  • The Urban Pioneers project aims to bring attention to the interesting yet unknown environments created by our urban development. 
    Urban environments are a haven for organisms that readily adapt to life close to humans since they are able to take advantage of our shelter, food, and other resources. The project focuses on three groups of environments, the night life, a city water feature, and a downtown park. Each environment has its own unique cast of organisms, many of which can be recognized with a few steps from your front door.
  • Evening Trash Bags, Watercolor

    American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana
    Norway (Brown) Rat, Rattus norvegicus
    House Mouse, Mus musculus
    Orange Tabby Cat, Felis catus
  • The House Gecko, Watercolor

    House Gecko, Hemidactylus frenatus
    Moths (various species), Lepidoptera
  • City Park, Watercolor
    European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
    Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
    Western Scrub Jay, Aphelcoma californica
    House Sparrows (female & male), Passer domesticus
    California Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis internalis
    Western Gray Squirrel, Sciurus griseus
    Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, Agraulis vanillae
    Lantana (flowering plant), Lantana spp.
    Yellow Warbler, Setophaga petechia
  • Sidewalk Crack, Watercolor

    Garden Snail, Cornu asperum
    Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
    Pinnacate Beetle (Stink Beetle), Eleodes spp.
    Crab Grass, Digitaria sanguinalis
  • The Pond, Watercolor

    Koi, Cyprinus carpio
    Mallard Ducks (male, female, & ducklings), Anas platyrhynchos
    Goldfish (fan tail, common, & sarasa comet), Carassius auratus
    Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demursum
    Water Lily, Nymphaeacea spp.
    Red-eared Slider, Chrysemys scripta elegans
    Water Hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
  • Mosquito Puddle, Watercolor
    Asian Tiger Mosquito (larvae and pupae), Aedes albopictus