Ground-Truthing


In 1912, the botanist J.C. Shenstone published one of the first scholarly works on urban biota, a listing and description of plants colonizing London building sites. Shenstone wanted to understand how seeds from plants common elsewhere came to be distributed on these sites—whether by wind, birds, as garden escapees, or in the droppings of horses moving from country to city. Shortly after the end of the Second World War, other work along these lines focused speculation on how site condition, particularly the alteration of soil chemistry from accumulated bombing rubble, could predict which species colonized the area… and so the field…


Source: Ground-Truthing