Entries by Mary Martin

The Benefits of the Urban Tree Canopy

Urban tree canopy provides many benefits such as cooling and air pollution mitigation. The extent to which individual trees contribute to these services depends on their species and size. However, city-wide studies often investigate canopy cover as a dichotomy, differentiating only whether a space is covered by trees or not. Given that the need for […]

Education Research

The BES education research agenda covers the gamut from exploring how individual students learn about their city as an ecosystem to an attempt to rigorously describe the formal and in-formal urban ecosystem education system in the metropolis as a whole. Also included are inquiries about ecology teaching and about the recruitment, professional development and training […]


Today, cutting-edge advances in environmental sciences often are made with the aid of computational research using “big data” sets that are publicly available online. Scientists use big data to model complex systems, deepen understanding of how these systems function, and make predictions about potential changes in Earth’s climate, hydrologic and ecological systems. Computational thinking is […]

Postdoctoral Associate (2)

Full-Time in  Millbrook, NY –  Scientific POSITION:  Recruiting two Postdoctoral Associates to work on synthetic analyses for the the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research project.  We seek postdoctoral researchers interested in synthesis of long-term urban ecological and social science data collected over the past 20 years.  Postdoctoral Associates will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in […]

Branches – Young Environmental Scientists

During the summer of 2015 and for the first time, BES partnered with the Parks & People Foundations’ Branches program to bring BES research to the level of school-age students in our first ever, Branches – Young Environmental Scientists program (Branches YES). For five weeks over the summer, five Baltimore City Public School students participated […]

The Ecologists Turning Vacant lots Into Labs

From The Atlantic Feb 8, 2018 On a frigid day in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Harlem Park, Chris Swan parks his pickup on a block where vacant lots outnumber houses. On the tailgate, he organizes envelopes of native wildflower seeds….read more