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Elsa Anderson

Assistant Professor of Instruction

PhD University of Illinois at Chicago
MS DePaul University
BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Curriculum Vitae


  • Urban social-ecological systems
  • Biodiversity drivers in human-dominated ecosystems
  • Landscape ecology and connectivity of social-ecological spaces


  • PCB 470/ENVSCI 390: Urban Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Suchy A, Anderson EC, Fork ML, Locke DH, Lin L, LaDeau S, Groffman P, Rosi E. In Press. Environmental Problems are in the Eye of the Beholder. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Anderson EC, Avolio M, Sonti N, LaDeau SL. 2021. More than green: tree structure and biodiversity patterns differ across canopy change regimes in Baltimore’s urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 65
  • Midgley M, Anderson EC, Minor ES. 2021. Vacant lot plant establishment techniques alters soil ecosystem services. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 61
  • Anderson EC, Minor ES. 2021. Assessing four methods for establishing native plants on urban vacant land. Ambio 50:695-705.
  • Egerer MH, Anderson EC. 2020. Social-Ecological Connectivity to Understand Ecosystem Service Provision across Networks in Urban Landscapes. LAND 9(12):530
  • Anderson EC, Minor ES. 2020. Management effects on plant community and functional assemblages in Chicago’s vacant lots. Applied Vegetation Science 23(2):266-276.
  • Egerer MH, Fouch N, Anderson EC, Clark M. 2020. Connectivity of community gardens in socio-biological space in three US cities. Scientific Reports 10:452.
  • Anderson EC, MH Egerer, N Fouch, MJ Davidson, and M Clarke. 2019. Comparing community garden typologies of Baltimore, Chicago, and New York City (USA) to understand potential implications for socio-ecological services. Urban Ecosystems. 22(4):671-681.
  • M Clark, Davidson M, N Fouch, MH Egerer, and EC Anderson. The role of community gardens in improving cities’ resilience to climate change. People, Place, and Policy. Special issue: “The Politics of Urban Green Space”.12(3): 241-251. 
  • Anderson EC and ES Minor. 2019. Assessing social and biophysical drivers of spontaneous urban plant diversity and structure in vacant lots. Science of the Total Environment 653:1272-1281. 
  • Anderson EC, ES Minor. 2017. Vacant lots: an underexplored resource for ecological and social benefits in cities. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 21:146—152.