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Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology

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 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics, 99% 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 $40,000.

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. 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.