I want to change how we design and manage urban landscapes to better support humans and our local taxa, including birds, trees, and fungi. I provide research and data products, policy analysis, and decision tools to cities, developers, and others looking for a more sustainable future.

My recent research interests focus on the relationship between land management and ecosystem function in urban spaces. My dissertation examines patterns in ecosystem function—primarily habitat provision, biodiversity, and decomposition—across different land management strategies on office developments in the Cities of Redmond and Bellevue.

I am a founder and director of Research and Design for Integrated Ecology, a non-profit dedicated to working with private and public sector clients, including local governments, communities, corporations, private land owners, universities, and other non-profit organizations to help integrate ecology into their planning, design, and development processes. I recently obtained my PhD from the Urban Design and Planning program at University of Washington, and am part of the Urban Ecology Research Laboratory. Before joining the program, I received my Masters from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW and a BS from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University (CALS).

Current Projects

Urban Ecology on Private Property

Research & Design for Integrated Ecology

Selected Publications

[PDF] Dyson, K. 2019. Vegetation communities on commercial developments are heterogenous and determined by development and landscaping decisions, not socioeconomics. PloS one, 14(9).

[PDF] Dyson, K., Ziter, C., Fuentes, T.L. and Patterson, M.S., 2019. Conducting urban ecology research on private property: advice for new urban ecologists. Journal of Urban Ecology, 5(1), p.juz001.

[PDF] R.H. Petersen, K. Dyson & J. Ammirati. 2017. Mycetinis scorodonius f. diminutivus f. nov. Index Fungorum no. 553206. MycoKeys.

[PDF] Hager, S. B., Cosentino, B. J., … Dyson, K. … et. al. 2017. Continent-wide analysis of how urbanization affects bird-window collision mortality in North America. Biological Conservation, 212, 209-215.

[PDF] Dyson, K. and Yocom, K. 2014. Ecological design for urban waterfronts. Urban Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-014-0385-9

[PDF] Yocom, K. P., Andrews, L., Faghin, N., Dyson, K., Leschine, T., & Nam, J. 2016. Revitalizing urban waterfronts: identifying indicators for human well-being. AIMS Environmental Science.

[PDF] Steinbrueck, P., Dyson, K., McNair, M., and Patterson, M. 2015. Seattle 2035 Urban Village Study Final Report. 161pp.

[PDF] Dyson, K., and Huppert, D.D. 2010. Regional economic impacts of razor clam beach closures due to harmful algal blooms (HABS) on the Pacific coast of Washington. Harmful Algae.

[PDF] Nam, J., J. Ryu, D. Fluharty, C. Koh, K. Dyson, W. K. Chang, H. Choi, D. Kang, J. S. Khim, and C. Lee. 2010. Designation processes for marine protected areas in the coastal wetlands of South Korea. Ocean and Coastal Management.

[PDF] Dyson, K. 2009. Habitat Enhancing Marine Structures: Creating habitat in urban waters (Masters thesis). 

[PDF] Huppert, D.D., A. Moore, and K. Dyson. 2009. Impacts of climate change on the coasts of Washington State. Chapter 8 in The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment: Evaluating Washington’s Future in a Changing Climate, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.