Entries by Maribeth Rubenstein

A New Book from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study

BES has been underway for more than 20 years.  Over that time, the many researchers, educators, and practitioners in the project have made significant contributions to understanding a metropolitan area as a social-ecological system.  So many insights have been generated that is seems impossible to summarize them within the scope of a standard published paper.  Of course, we […]

In Baltimore, lower income neighborhoods have bigger mosquitoes

As part of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Cary Institute scientists have been investigating how environmental and social conditions regulate mosquito numbers. Tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) were the focus of this study. This invasive species dominates in urban areas, where it is an aggressive day-biter that targets people and can transmit an array of viruses including […]

BES featured in national Parks & Recreation magazine

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is a groundbreaking urban ecology research project that launched in 1997 and, 22 years later, is still…producing novel and important research. As one of the NSF’s 28 LTER sites, the BES aims to understand the city as a living, ecological system and has brought together researchers from across the country […]

BES Breakdowns – Take a dive into a recent scientific paper

‘Towards an urban marine ecology: characterizing the drivers, patterns and processes of marine ecosystems in coastal cities’ by Peter A. Todd, Eliza C. Heery, Lynette H. L. Loke, Ruth H. Thurstan, D. Johan Kotze, and Christopher Swan Urban ecology explores the effects of our activities on ecological processes. Urban ecologists work to connect this understanding […]

Watershed Studies

Brief description The watershed approach, i.e. monitoring inputs and hydrologic outputs of nutrients, has long been fundamental in ecosystem ecology, and is an important component of many sites in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. This approach provides information on whole ecosystem function and how this responds to environmental change. […]

Biodiversity

Brief description Biodiversity is defined broadly as the variety of form of life on the planet.  The Baltimore Ecosystem Study seeks to document and understand biodiversity in cities, as the placement, removal or spontaneous occurrence of species happens in close proximity to people, and is influenced by the choices they make. Why is it important […]

Education and Outreach

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) education program is tasked with infusing BES science into the public sphere. Fostering an understanding of the metropolis as a social-ecological system lies at the core of the BES Education mission. Novel research seeks to understand what supports teachers in mainstream school settings in embracing this mission, and what supports […]

Integrating Chemistry and Earth Science (ICE) video

ICE is a collaboration between BES, the Baltimore City Public Schools and George Washington University and funded by an NSF DRK-12 grant to infuse Earth science content and 3-Dimensional learning practices into the Baltimore City high school chemistry curriculum. The innovative approach draws on data gathered by BES to convey how chemistry shapes the local […]