To investigate the mindsets and perceptions of their local environment we initiated a survey about residential knowledge and cosmopolitan biological and cultural diversity interviewing students of the UNT. Complementarily, we are quantifying the diversity and proportions of native and exotic plant products at Denton's groceries stores to assess the degree of biocultural diversity/homogenization in the urban cultural infrastructure.
Results/Conclusions Over 50% of the plant species named by students were exotic to northern Texas. Students also answered with various plant products (e.g. grapefruit or hay) revealing that their perception considered plants nonliving, or items of utility. Interviewees were predominantly long-term residents of Texas, revealing a lack of knowledge about local flora despite long-term residency.
Cape Horn has one of the lowest population areas in the world (>0.001inhabitants/km2) in contrast to the DFW metroplex with a population of 6.3 million, Here, we undertake a comparative approach to assess the biocultural homogenizing impact of the technosphere and logosphere in these respective remote wilderness and industrial human ecosystems. Such methodologies and indicators can be integrated into existing social, cultural and ecological assessments (e.g. ecosystem service evaluations) to identify potential drivers of biocultural homogenization by encompassing various components of human and natural systems as well as the complex and dynamic feedbacks between human beings and their environment–including the linguistic and cultural heterogeneity.