Cover picture: The distribution of green space throughout cities has implications for the ecosystem services these environments can provide for urban dwellers. “Land sparing” – an approach that combines dense urban areas with large parks or nature reserves – is crucial for maintaining many of the benefits offered by these green spaces, such as improved temperature regulation and pollination. However, distributing green space throughout cities, or “land sharing”, may still be necessary to maintain services such as human well-being.
Central photo: Lya_Cattel / www.iStockphoto.com
Background photo: D Shankbone; license: CC BY 2.0
Frontiers is accepting submissions for our cool new series, launched in March 2015, entitled Natural History Notes. Each open access article showcases the natural history of an organism – its morphology and behavior, their habitats, or its roles in food webs and ecosystems. Each entry in the series consists of one or two striking photos, along with a short essay explaining the scientific “story” behind the photos.
From sacred ibis mummies, to predatory walruses, to tales of Africa’s baobab trees. Check out some of the curiosities of the natural world by downloading a FREE copy of Life Lines, the popular book by Adrian Burton, based on the Frontiers series. Go to: http://www.frontiersinecology.org/fron/life-lines-ebook/
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