The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) seeks to:
- Pursue excellence in social-ecological research in an urban system;
- Maintain positive engagement with communities, environmental institutions, and government agencies;
- Educate and inform the public, students, and organizations that have need of scientific knowledge; and,
- Assemble and nurture a diverse and inclusive community of researchers, educators, and participants.
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study provides an inclusive environment that respects and embraces a culture of collaboration and flexibility so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential, resulting in work that is informed by and informs participants (those directly involved) and stakeholders (those affected) in the long-term ecological research project.