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xvii Acknowledgments Many people contributed to this project in crucial ways. My son’s curiosity and wonder are my primary sources of inspiration and wisdom. Students, post-docs, and faculty at the Urban Ecology Research Lab, University of Washington, provided me with essential intellectual challenges and insights. Matt Patterson, Tracy Fuentes, Karen Dyson, Emma Solanki, Dorian Bautista, Ashley Bennis, Sarah Titcomb, Yan Jiang, and J. D. Tovey, to name just a few, influenced the most recent evolution of the ideas I present here, but many others, now at other institutions, inspired the explorations and research that led to the creation of this book. They include Daniele Spirandelli, Julia Michalak, Adrienne Greve, Michelle Kondo, Karis Tenneson, Ahmed Al-Noubani, Kuei-Hsien Liao, Vivek Shandas, Jenny Pertanen, Michal Russo, Stefan Coe, Jeff Heppinstal , Lucy Hutyra, Steven Walters, Matt Marsik, and Libby Larson. John Marzluff, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, Craig Zumbrunnen, Eric Shulenberger , and Maresi Nerad were instrumental in initiating, developing, and evolving the urban ecology team with which I have been engaged for more than two decades; I am grateful to them for the exciting and intellectually stimulating collaboration that led me to the research I present in this book. I particularly thank John Marzluff for his motivating conversations and feedback about how cities impact evolution. Thanks also to astrophysicist Adam Frank and physicist Axel Kleidon for expanding my perspective on the roles that humans might play in the universe. I am also indebted to many other scientists whose scholarship in urban ecology has made this project possible: Stewart Pickett, Mark McDonnell, Nancy Grimm, and Richard Forman provided pioneering research and leadership to the field of urban ecology in the United States, xviii acknowledgments while Herbert Sukopp has been a leader in Europe. Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, with his pioneering work on the laws that govern complex networks in both natural and social systems, was a key influence on my view of city complexity; his work, along with that of Luis Bettencourt and their team at the Santa Fe Institute, informed and inspired my view of hybrid networks. Buzz Hollings, Stuart Kauffman, Per Back, and Steve Carpenter helped shape my thinking in urban ecology, especially on complex coupled human-natural systems. Thomas Schoener’s pioneering work on the interplay of evolutionary and ecological dynamics has inspired me to explore the role that cities might play in eco-evolutionary feedbacks. Kevin Lynch has influenced my ideas about urban design and planning. Virginio Bettini, Larry Susskind, and Paul Ehrlich taught me to challenge my assumptions about how human and natural systems work. Kim Stanley Robinson’s wonderful books inspired me to begin this book with an imaginative scenario—a passage of speculative fiction—and to integrate into it a variety of other writing styles. I am grateful to him for reading and commenting on the chapter. Thanks also to science fiction writer J. M. Sidorova and to science editor Micaiah Evans for their editorial input on chapter 1. I am also grateful to three anonymous reviewers who carefully read an earlier version of the entire manuscript. Their constructive input and encouragement have greatly improved the book. Several people provided vital contributions to the production process. James Thompson and Michal Russo produced all of the book’s graphics and illustrations, helping me to translate complex concepts and data into effective visual representations. Artist Colleen Corradi Brannigan helped me explore the ideas presented in this book through beautiful drawings. My stylistic editors, Micaiah Evans and Helen Snively, edited the book carefully and thoroughly through several readings. Their excellent comments and critical eyes substantially improved the book’s writing style and readability. Liz Martell provided additional editing, confirmed the accuracy of references, and formatted the manuscript—all with exceptional dedication and patience. I also thank Regan Huff, my editor at University of Washington Press, for her continuous support and patience; the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments for supporting my work; and the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Professorship for providing funds to finalize the book. I dedicate this book to three important people in my life. My father, acknowledgments xix Antonio, and mother, Leda, nurtured my curiosity and instilled, through example, their passion for science and observation of natural phenomena . The most important person in my life is my son, Matteo, who will, together with his generation, imagine, build, and inhabit the cities of Earth’s future—cities that think like planets. This page intentionally left blank Cities That Think like Planets This page...


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