A prevailing source of environmental change in the 21st century is rapid human population growth in urban areas. Today, 54% of the world’s human population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, this number is expected to increase to 66%. The insular Caribbean is especially concerned.

Urban ecology addresses the ecology of living organisms found in urban areas as well as the ecological sustainability of cities, including the maintenance of rich and diverse assemblages of species in the urban environment through adapted management.

Caribaea initiative aims at stimulating research in urban ecology in the insular Caribbean through supporting original and innovative research projects.

Projects in progress

Adaptation of the Cuban-endemic lizard Anolis homolechis to the urban environment: behaviour, demography and population genetics

Cuba PhD project
  • Annabelle Vidal (Cuba)


Effects of urbanization on species richness and diversity of moth assemblages in La Havana, Cuba

Cuba PhD project
  • Claudia Loiz (Cuba)


Completed projects

The relevance of urban remnant forest and urban shaded agriculture for avian diversity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haïti Master project
  • Jean-Marry Exantus (Haiti)


Variation in the diversity of pollinating insect assemblages in urban green space in the Port-au-Prince area, Haïti

Haïti Master project
  • Pierre Michard Beaujour (Haiti)