Faculty Advisor

Peter Hodum

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2021


Urban environments like green spaces that sustain biodiversity are critical to the success of species that inhabit cityscapes. This project will examine changes in bird diversity that Tacoma’s new “Green Schoolyards” initiative will promote, which intends to introduce a variety of native plants into low-income neighborhoods lacking diverse green spaces. I predict that habitat changes resulting from the Green Schoolyards program will increase ecological diversity in low-income neighborhoods. I intend to frame the results of this research in the context of the luxury effect, which I hypothesize is a major factor in the ecological distribution of wildlife in Tacoma, WA.




University of Puget Sound