Jelle Reumer, Dutch scientist, former director of the Rotterdam Nature Museum, wrote two books on the evolution of man and animal in urban landscapes. On his own site he explains his interest as follows:
"Homo sapiens is the most successful animal species on our planet. Today more and more animals and plants are following us into our urban environment. Rubbish tips, subway passages, high-tech savannas, mountain chains of glass and concrete: they form a habitat just as suitable as pristine forest or new wilderness. How does this change of scene impact on conservationists, urban developers and architects? What does it mean for biologists? Is the white tiger or orphan seal more valuable than the scavenging seagull or suburban fox? "Wildlife in Rotterdam" is a small history of urban ecology and an ode to the resilience of nature. With infectious gusto Jelle Reumer speculates about urban nature in the future and signposts the astonishing evolutions taking place every day under our citified noses. Tomatoes sprouting from tramlines, swans building nests of plastic bottles, subway mosquitoes that never leave their underground lair: the city is a miraculous cradle of wildlife."
Jelle Reumer was a guest in Expodium's program in Utrecht, the Netherlands and was interviewed in front of an audience. See the footage: