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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bianca Lopez

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications:

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.




PhD, Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut


Department of Environmental Conservation


Postdoctoral Fellow, The New School, 2019-2020
Instructor, The New School, Dept. of Environmental Studies, 2019-2020
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), 2017-2019
Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, 2010-2017