Entries by Maribeth Rubenstein

The importance of the new BES LTER theoretical perspectives paper

Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social–Ecological Research Project by Pickett et al. is an important addition to urban ecology literature for several reasons. Urban ecology (or even urban science) is most often justified because urbanization is one of the biggest global transformations of the 21st century; however its theoretical underpinnings […]

EDI 2020 Summer Fellowship Program

https://environmentaldatainitiative.org ENVIRONMENTAL DATA INITIATIVE Follow EDI on Twitter: @EDIdatapackages and @EDIgotDataEDI Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3-4PM ET  EDI Summer 2020 Fellowship Program EDI is excited to announce nine ecological data management training fellowships for the period 9 June – 14 August 2020. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students legally living in the US. The fellows will receive training […]

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Post-doctoral Position – Urban Environments, Biodiversity and Conservation

The Centre for Urban Environments and School of Cities at the University of Toronto are seeking applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Researcher to study Urban Environments, Biodiversity and Conservation. This position represents a collaboration between the University of Toronto and three conservation authorities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority […]

The Ecological Nugget at the Heart of Urban Theory

Steward T.A. Pickett and Emma J. Rosi Several researchers from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) have a manuscript entitled “Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social-Ecological Research Project,” in press in the journal, BioScience.  The theoretical perspective this paper takes is a bit unusual for urban ecology.  That may seem […]

2020 RAY Diversity Fellowship Applications Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 application cycle for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship⁠ is now open! The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1 year renewal), full time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows […]

Breaking the Baltimore Runoff Machine

Steward T.A. Pickett When one traverses the old rowhouse neighborhoods of Baltimore, the immediate impression is a collection of buildings in intimate connection.  In the 19th century neighborhoods, which served a city of pedestrians or a little later, trolley riders, the houses are narrow and usually lack front yards.  In the rowhouse neighborhoods of the […]

Low-Income Baltimore Blocks Host Bigger, More Dangerous Mosquitoes

Scientific American reports on BES LTER mosquito research… “A new study published last October in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that in Baltimore, low-income neighborhoods bear the biggest burden: they have not only more mosquitoes but also larger ones, which often survive longer. The problem most likely is rooted in the fact that Baltimore has nearly […]

A walk in the woods – 17 years later

Check out BES graduate student Ian Yesilonis’ post in the Short Stories About Long-Term Research blog. He writes about the ups and downs of urban field research over time. “In the field, I was prepared for mosquitoes, dog and black-legged ticks, and poison ivy but I was not prepared for stray dogs.  At one plot […]

BES Synthesis and Integration Publication Timeline Available

BES has been a major source of integration among disciplines as it explores the structure, processes, and dynamics of Baltimore as a social-ecological system.  Some key integrative and synthetic papers have been assembled into a timeline.  The timeline is at https://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/1320530/BES-Milestones01/ Integrative papers are defined as ones that are cross disciplinary or multidisciplinary.   Synthetic papers […]