Bianca Lopez  (she/her)Bianca Lopez

Postdoctoral Fellow



I am interested in how natural communities (especially of plants) are affected by human activities, including introductions of new species and altered environmental conditions. Much of my work has focused on how urbanization affects plant communities, and I am currently working at the intersection of invasion ecology and climate change to inform land management. I am also interested in using art as a way to communicate science and inspire conservation behavior.

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and reading fiction.

Primary Interests

Landscape ecology, urban ecology, conservation, plants, translational research

Current Projects

Interactions between species invasion and climate change with the RISCC network

Effects of Covid-19 on people’s perception and use of urban green spaces


PhD, Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut


Lopez, B.E., E. Minor, and A. Crooks. 2020, Insights into human-wildlife interactions in cities from bird sightings recorded online. Landscape and Urban Planning.

Lopez, B.E., N. Magliocca, and A. Crooks. 2019. Challenges and opportunities of social media data for socio-environmental systems research. Land.

Lopez, B.E., D. Urban, and P.S. White. 2018. Testing the effects of four urbanization “filters” on forest plant taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Ecological Applications.

Lopez, B.E., D. Urban, and P.S. White. 2018. Nativity and seed dispersal mode influence species’ responses to habitat connectivity and urban environments. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Lopez, B.E., K.R. Burgio, M.C. Carlucci, K.A. Palmquist, A. Parada, V.P. Weinberger, and A.H. Hurlbert. 2016. A new framework for inferring community assembly processes using phylogenetic information, relevant traits and environmental gradients. One Ecosystem.

Coyle, J.R., F.W. Halliday, B.E. Lopez, K.A. Palmquist, P.A. Wilfahrt, and A.H. Hurlbert. 2014. Using trait and phylogenetic diversity to evaluate the generality of the stress dominance hypothesis in eastern North American tree communities. Ecography.