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Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology Careers

Urban Ecology is a subfield of ecology that deals with the distribution, abundance and interactions of plants and animals (including humans) within urban and suburban environments. More than half of the world's population lives in cities and suburbs, and they share these urban habitats with many other species. Thus, Urban Ecology is one of the fastest growing subfields in ecology, and most ecologists now work in human-influenced habitats.

Urban ecologists study vegetation, water flow, wildlife, and open spaces in cities to monitor the health of these resources and how they respond to pollution, development and other pressures. Specific endeavors of urban ecologists include monitoring nutrient flow from lawns and industry into oceans; helping design buildings and large developments to make them more sustainable and appealing; running nature and interpretive programs that range from very small to citywide; studying the impacts of invasive species; and exploring the positive impacts that green spaces have on biodiversity and human health.
Examples of careers Urban Ecology majors may want to consider:

  • Air and Water Quality Manager
  • Biodiversity Educator
  • College Professor
  • Community Garden Coordinator
  • Community Health and Urban Designer
  • Coordinator of Volunteers
  • Development Assistant
  • Endangered Species Project Biologist
  • Education and Outreach Coordinator
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Policy Planner
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Field Biologist
  • Fire Ecology Specialist Position
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Government Employee (EPA, DEC)
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Hydrology Technician
  • In-School Education Program Director
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Land and Water Conservationist
  • Museum Employee: Outreach, Exhibits
  • Parks and Green Space Planner/Designer/Manager
  • Researcher
  • Research Assistant or Associate
  • Staff Scientist
  • Urban Wildlife Manager
  • Urban Farming Specialist
  • Urban Forester
  • Urban Planner

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in urban ecology, 100% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $45,000.

Some of the places they have reported finding employment include

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
  • Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutic Solutions
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Northwell Health
  • NY Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • NYC Department of Education
  • South Nassau Communities Hospital
  • The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

About 39 percent of our biology alumni are pursuing graduate and professional degrees at institutions like

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • SUNY College of Optometry
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Southern California
  • Yale University

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.