A CHANGING PLANET

We live in an unprecedented time of global change - most of which is the direct consequence of human actions. This period, called the Anthropocene, is wrought with uncertainty. In spite of this, we can take steps to meet the needs of humans, wildlife, and economic development through intentional study and design of biophilic cities.

 

Here's what we know:

POPULATION &
URBAN GROWTH

Global Population Growth

9.7 billion

2.5 billion

Percent of Population Living in Urban Areas

United States

World

68%

89%

All signs point to the human population continuing to grow, and our new neighbors will need somewhere to live. In response, urban areas are also growing. Mindful planning is needed to prevent overcrowding. 

BIODIVERSITY AT RISK

Across the world, roughly 30,000 species face serious threats of extinction. Within the US, 8 of our 15 largest and 11 of our 15 most rapidly growing cities are within 25 miles of habitat used by endangered species 

~30,000 species

Major or growing city within 25 mi of critical habitat

Critical habitat

CITIES NEED NATURE

Every organism fulfills an ecological role. When native animals are removed or excluded, as is common in cities, the ecosystem suffers - and so do humans.

© DC Cat Count

MENTAL HEALTH

Access to nature has been found to increase psychological well-being.

FINANCIAL SAVINGS

Flood mitigation, air purification, and decomposition are all costly services provided by nature at no cost.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Habitat fragmentation and degradation 

increases risk of zoonotic disease.

How can we move forward?

Admittedly, there's a lot that we, collectively, don't know. To overcome this, scientists must incorporate science communication into their work.

RESEARCH

DATA

PUBLICATIONS

COMMUNICATION

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS

the power of art in science

As an ecologist and a science communicator I understand the value of research, and the struggles of sharing it with those not in your field. Fortunately we can overcome gaps in understanding by drawing conclusions - literally presenting the findings of our research in an illustration. Illustrated abstracts and project infographics can turn daunting data into digestible messaging for scientists and non-scientists alike. 

All graphics are custom-made to fit your needs. Consultation by phone or email is required before the design process begins. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

© 2023 by Dan Herrera Wildlife

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