CURes researchers, along with collaborators including LMU students, have produced a wealth of resources on myriad topics related to urban resilience. Below is a list of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in chronological order. Please visit our Virtual Hub to see all of our resources, including reports, research posters, student thesis papers, curricula, and videos.


Romolini, M., Parker, S. S., Pauly, G. B., Wood, E. M., eds. (2023). Supporting the “virtuous cycle” in urban ecosystems: How research can inform plans, policies, and projects that impact urban resilience. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/978-2-8325-3058-0

Strauss, E. G. and Ristau, Carolyn (2023). The case for conservation in the age of the Anthropocene. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Human-Animal Interactions and Anthrozoology, Eds. Fine, A.H., Mueller, M.K., Ng, Z.Y., Beck, A.M., and Peralta, J.M.  1st edition, Routledge.

Eberts, E. R., Tattersall, G. J., Auger, P. J., Strauss, E. G., Curley, M., Morado, M. I., Powers, D. R., Camacho, N. M., Tobalske, B. W., Wethington, S. M., and Shankar, A. (2023). Free-living hummingbirds avoid using torpor while nesting. Journal of Thermal Biology 112.

Weaver, M. J., Monterastelli, A., Strauss, E. G., and Romolini, M. (2023). A Collaborative Social-Ecological Research Approach to Inform & Address Urban Coyote Management Challenges. Cities and the Environment (CATE): Vol. 16: Iss. 1, Article 9.

Thomas, A. and Romolini, M. Defining organizational stewardship: Analysis of LA River Watershed stewardship groups’ mission statements (2023). Ambio, 52 (6), 1137-1150.

Maharramli, B. J. and Romolini, M. Leveraging Environmental Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Research as a Relational Process for Ecology with Cities. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, Vol. 5 (2023).


Davenport, R., Strauss, E. G., Weaver, M., Weiss, K. (2022). Spatiotemporal Relationships of Coyotes and Free-Ranging Domestic Cats as Indicators of Conflict in Culver City, California


Hunt, L., Romolini, M., Strauss, E. G. (2020). Building resilient regions: Spatial analysis as a tool for ecosystem-based climate adaptation. In: Resilient Communities Across Geographies, Eds. S.L. Steinberg, S.J. Steinberg. Esri Press: Redlands, CA.

Sykes, N., Beirne, P., Horowitz, A., Jones, I., Kalof, L., Karlsson, E., King, T., Litwak, H., McDonald, R.A., Murphy, L.J. and Pemberton, N., Promislow, D., Rowan, A., Stahl, P.W., Tehrani, J., Tourigny, E., Wynne, C.D.L., Strauss, E. G., Larson, G. (2020). Humanity’s best friend: a dog-centric approach to addressing global challenges. Animals, 10(3): 502.  

Pickett, S.T.A., Cadenasso, M.L., Baker, M.E., Band, L.E., Boone, C.G., Buckley, G.L., Groffman, P.M., Grove, J.M., Irwin, E.G., Kaushal, S.S., LaDeau, S.L., Miller, A.J., Nilon, C.H., Romolini, M., Rosi, E.J., Swan, C.M., Szlavecz, K. (2020). Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social–Ecological Research Project, BioScience, biz166,


Romolini, M., Dalton, S.E. & Grove, J.M. (2019). Stewardship Networks and the Evolution of Governance for the Sustainable City. In: Science for the Sustainable City: Empirical Insights from the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology, Eds. S.T.A. Pickett, M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, E.G. Irwin, E.J. Rosi. Yale University Press: New Haven, CT.

Johnson, M.L., Locke, D.H., Svendsen, E., Campbell, L.K., Westphal, L.M., Romolini, M. & Grove, J. (2019). Context Matters: Influence of Organizational, Environmental, and Social Factors on Civic Environmental Stewardship Group Intensity. Ecology and Society 24 (4):1. [online] URL:

Romolini, M., Ryan, R. L., Simso, E. R., & Strauss, E. G. (2019). Visitors’ Attachment to Urban Parks in Los Angeles, CA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 41:118-126.


Lynn, W.S. & Strauss, E.G. (2018). Ecology. In: Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and Professional Perspectives, Eds. D. Iossifova, C.N.H Doll, A. Gasparatos. Routledge: New York, NY.


Locke D.H., Romolini M., O'Neil-Dunne J.M., Galvin M., Strauss E.G. (2017). Tree canopy change in Coastal Los Angeles, 2009-2014. CATE Journal, special issue on Climate Change in Mediterranean Cities. PDF

Romolini, M., Strauss, E.G., Bruce-Eisen, S., & Simso, E.R. (2017). The Value of Urban Parklands: A User Study of the Baldwin Hills (Research Report). Los Angeles, CA: Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience. PDF

Kawecki, S., Kuleck, G., Dorsey, J.H., Leary, C., & Lum, M. (2017). The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) in waters of the Lower Ballona Creek Watershed, Los Angeles County, California. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189(6), 261.


Romolini, M., Grove, J.M., Koliba, C., Krymkowski, D., & Ventriss, C. (2016). Towards an Understanding of Citywide Urban Environmental Governance: An Examination of Stewardship Networks in Baltimore and Seattle. Environmental Management, 58(2), 254-267. Html

Bixler, R.P., Johnson, S., Emerson, K., Nabatchi, T., Bixler, R. P., Johnson, S., Emerson, K., Nabatchi, T., Reuling, M., Curtin, C., Romolini, M., & Grove, J.M. (2016). Networks and landscapes: a framework for setting goals and evaluating performance at the large landscape scale Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(3), 145-153. PDF

Bixler, R. P., Wald, D. M., Ogden, L. A., Leong, K. M., Johnston, E. W., & Romolini, M. (2016). Network governance for large‐scale natural resource conservation and the challenge of capture. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(3), 165-171. Html

Record, S., Benveniste, E., Ferguson, P.F.B., Graves, R.A., Pfeiffer, V.W., Romolini, M., Yorke, C., & Beardmore, B. (2016). Graduate Students Navigating Social-Ecological Research: Insights from the Long Term Ecological Research Network. Ecology & Society, 21(1). Html

Svendsen, E. S., Campbell, L. K., Fisher, D. R., Connolly, J. J. T., Johnson, M. L., Sonti, N. F., Locke, D. H., Westphal, L. M., LeBlanc Fisher, C., Grove, J. M., Romolini, M., Blahna, D. J., & Wolf, K. L. (2016). Stewardship mapping and assessment project: a framework for understanding community-based environmental stewardship. Gen. Tech. Rep. 156. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 134 p. PDF


Strauss, E. G., Hunt, L. H., Romolini, M., Locke, D. H. (2015). Cities and the Environment: Eight Years of Urban Ecology Research and Practice. Cities and the Environment (CATE), 8 (2). PDF

Mitchell, N., Strohbach, M. W., Pratt, R., Finn, W. C., & Strauss, E. G. (2015). Space use by resident and transient coyotes in an urban–rural landscape mosaic. Wildlife Research, 42(6), 461-469. PDF


Barnett, M., Houle, M., Mark, S., Minner, D., Hirsch, L., Strauss, E., Hufnagel, B. (2014). Participatory professional development: Geospatially enhanced urban ecological field studies. In J. MaKinster, N. Trautmann & M. Barnett (Eds.), Teaching science and investigating environmental issues with geospatial technology: Designing effective professional development for teachers: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. PDF


Brown, J.S., Stein, E.D., Ackerman, D., Dorsey, J.H., Lyon, J., Carter, P.M. (2013). Metals and Bacteria Partitioning to Various Size Particles in Ballona Creek Storm Water Runoff. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 320–328. PDF

Dorsey, J.H., Carmona-Galindo, V.D., Leary, C., Huh, J., Valdez, J. (2013). An assessment of fecal indicator and other bacteria from an urbanized coastal lagoon in the City of Los Angeles, California, USA. Environmental Assessment and Monitoring 185:2647-2669. PDF

McNeill, K. L., Pimentel, D. S. & Strauss, E. G. (2013). The impact of high school science teachers' beliefs, curricular enactments, and experience on student learning during an inquiry-based urban ecology curriculum. International Journal of Science Education, 35(15): 2608-2644. PDF

Romolini, M., Grove, J.M., & Locke, D. (2013). Assessing and Comparing Relationships Between Urban Environmental Stewardship Networks and Land Cover in Baltimore and Seattle. Landscape & Urban Planning 120: 190-207. PDF

Romolini, M., Record, S., Garvoille, R., Geiger, R. and Marusenko, Y. (2013). The Next Generation of Scientists: Examining the Experiences of Graduate Students in Network-Level Science. Ecology & Society18(3): 42. Html | PDF

Wolf, K.L., Blahna, D., Brinkley, W. & Romolini, M. (2013). Environmental Stewardship Footprint Research: Linking Human Agency and Ecosystem Health in the Puget Sound Region. Urban Ecosystems 16:13-32. PDF


DeBay, D., Haley, J., Mark, S., Barnett, M., Anderson, A., Strauss, E., (2012). Engaging youth in visualizing sustainable urban plans using geographic information systems coupled with computer visualization. In A. Wals, P. Corcoran & H. Brandon (Eds.), Learning for sustainability in times of accelerating change: Springer. PDF

Romolini, M., Brinkley, W., & Wolf, K. (2012). What is Urban Environmental Stewardship? Constructing a Practitioner-Derived Framework. USDA Forest Service Research Note (PNW-RN-566). Seattle, WA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 41 p. PDF