Entries by Maribeth Rubenstein

#BLTrees June: Equity and Access to Trees

Listen to The Brian Lehrer Show audio story featuring one of Baltimore Ecosystem Study’s founding researchers, Dr. Charles Nilon. He talks about his research and the intersection of trees and environmental justice. Want to hear more from Dr. Nilon – watch the 2021 video, Environmental Lecture Series: Dr. Charles Nilon on Urban Wildlife and Environmental Justice. […]

Higher Environmental Benefits To Be Had Where Homeowners Are Less Willing To Pay

“Although stream restoration filters pollutants out of local waterways and improves the health of the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore area neighborhoods where it would do the most for water quality are far less willing to pay for such projects, according to a new study…” Read more. Publication: Zhang, et al. Spatial asynchrony in environmental and economic […]

Broader Impacts of BES Research for Baltimore’s Parks & Golf Courses

A BES graduate student’s research led to the unveiling of a marker at a Black women’s golfing club that had helped to desegregate Baltimore’s parks and golf courses. From the Baltimore Sun article, “The genesis for the project — which began in 2018 as a way to celebrate the Pitch and Putt Golf Club’s 80th […]

BES Founding Director Steward Pickett recognized with Frontiers Award

Cary Institute Distinguished Senior Scientist and BES Founding Director Steward T.A. Pickett with ecologists Lenore Fahrig and Simon Levin have been selected as recipients of the 14th BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology. According to the citation, the ecologists were awarded for their work “incorporating the spatial dimension into ecosystem […]

Green Infrastructure & Equity – Discover Two New Tools + Virtual Events

Green infrastructure can help manage urban hazards, such as flooding, extreme heat, and toxic pollution while improving the availability and quality of urban green space. Across the US, cities have embraced green roofs, bioswales, tree plantings, interconnected parks, and other forms of green infrastructure to make cities healthier and more livable. But too often, equity […]

Building & Sustaining a PLC in a Virtual World

See what the BES LTER Education team has been up to in a new video – ‘Building and Sustaining a PLC in a Virtual World’. Learn how the BES LTER Education team pivoted during the pandemic to an all-virtual format, successfully creating a professional learning community (PLC) and implementing their professional development program with Baltimore […]

Urban Ecology, Segregation, and the Work of the Baltimore Field Station

Check out one of BES LTER’s founding researchers, Dr. Morgan Grove, discussing urban ecology, segregation, environmental justice, and the efforts of the US Forest Service’s Baltimore Field Station on the 100th episode of the BioScience Talks podcast.  Find out why Dr. Grove finds the expression “white flight” offensive, how Baltimore and other US cities have […]

Investigating Baltimore’s bat populations

Learn about the work of BES LTER alum Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter. Dr. Carpenter an Urban Wildlife Biologist at US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), presented a Cary Institute scientific seminar on her dissertation research. Dr. Carpenter sought to learn whether environmental and socioeconomic variables could help identify the presence, type, and activity levels of bat […]