Eric Strauss
Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

Dr. Eric Strauss, winner of several National Science Foundation Grants for urban ecology, is the President’s Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University and Executive Director of the new LMU Center for Urban Resilience. With research specialties in animal behavior, endangered species management, urban ecosystems and science education, Strauss has extended the model for faculty scholarship by engaging interdisciplinary collaborative teams to attract multiple national funding streams and provide education, research, and restoration programs to underserved neighborhoods and their residents. The center is one of the first of its kind in the country to focus on urban resilience. It brings together students, faculty and members of the community to work on the problems that confront the 21st century city. Its work includes intensive and far-reaching initiatives such as the investigation of the role of green space and urban forests in supporting healthy neighborhoods, science education using their national curriculum Urban EcoLab, and restorative justice programs for schools and municipalities. It also marshals international action like the Mediterranean Cities Climate Change Consortium (for which LMU is the lead organization).  In addition to his work with the Center for Urban Resilience, Strauss has co-written multi-media textbooks in biology and urban ecology and has hosted multiple video series on the life sciences and ecology. He received his BS in Mass Communication from Emerson College and Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University. Strauss is also director of the Ballona Discovery Center and Editor in Chief for the influential Cities and the Environmental Journal. See more at: