Birding while Black in Baltimore

Today our guest blogger is longtime BES LTER Investigator and birder Dr. Charles Nilon. He has written the following post in honor of  #BlackBirdersWeek.  Paige Warren and I started the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Bird Monitoring Project in the summer of 2002.  Since then the project has been coordinated by a group of graduate students and technicians […]

Birding While Black in Baltimore – part 2

Today our guest blogger is Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter. She is a Baltimore Ecosystem Study graduate student alumni and #BlackBirdersWeek participant. I feel immensely lucky to be a birder, life-long resident, and urban ecologist in Baltimore. One of my earliest bird memories was watching my dad feed birds that visited our backyard (long before I knew […]

BES LTER update

The BES LTER is currently in a synthesis stage, analyzing our long-term data in new and creative ways. Project Director, Emma J. Rosi, explains exactly what that means in this 5-minute talk originally presented at the 2020 LTER Science Council meeting. For more LTER Network videos, check out their YouTube channel.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

History of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study

Program description The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) began in 1998 with three questions to advance the understanding of urban areas as a novel and increasingly important ecosystem type: Structure: What is the spatial and temporal patch structure of ecological, physical, and socio-economic factors in the urban ecosystem? Function: What are the fluxes of energy, matter, […]

Where Does the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology Apply?

The short answer is “Not just in Baltimore.”  Let’s explore this more deeply.  A school of thought is a broad way of thinking, strategy for research, and approach to problem solving that applies across a topic area.  A school of thought may be named for a particular place where it originated while applying to any […]

What Do People Value About BES?

The 2018 twentieth annual meeting of BES participants, institutional partners, and interested citizens, provided an opportunity to ask people what they thought the most important finding or contribution of BES had been over those 20 years.  We were expecting suggestions that suggested specific results, or particular educational contributions.  We were surprised by the results. First, […]