Scott Beck

Scott Beck

“I am an urban ecologist interested in people, the ways they engineer their environments, and the resulting distribution of ecosystem services.”

Scott’s research focuses on urbanization processes, landscape change, and the distribution of ecosystem services among communities along the border of Kruger National Park, South Africa. In these areas, rapid population growth is outpacing the progress of critical infrastructure and economic opportunities, which forces communities to rely heavily on the already stressed natural environment to sustain their livelihoods. Scott uses social surveys, remote sensing and geospatial analytics to create agent-based models that explore future scenarios of resource availability and ecosystem service delivery in the region. More broadly, Scott is interested in contributing to urban ecological theory through socio-ecological comparisons of urbanization and human decision making.

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