Low-Income Baltimore Blocks Host Bigger, More Dangerous Mosquitoes

Scientific American reports on BES LTER mosquito research… “A new study published last October in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that in Baltimore, low-income neighborhoods bear the biggest burden: they have not only more mosquitoes but also larger ones, which often survive longer. The problem most likely is rooted in the fact that Baltimore has nearly […]

A walk in the woods – 17 years later

Check out BES graduate student Ian Yesilonis’ post in the Short Stories About Long-Term Research blog. He writes about the ups and downs of urban field research over time. “In the field, I was prepared for mosquitoes, dog and black-legged ticks, and poison ivy but I was not prepared for stray dogs.  At one plot […]

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 […]

Back to the wild: how ‘ungardening’ took root in America

Our co-PI Dr. Christopher Swan talks about his rewilding efforts in Baltimore. Could greening vacant lots and ‘ungardening’ yards can lead to more ecosystem services and better public health? Read more.

How Baltimore is saving urban forests – and its city

How did Baltimore become an improbable green model for cities around the world and how was the Baltimore Ecosystem Study part of it? Find out here.

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 […]

Science foundation cuts 20-year-old Baltimore ecological study’s funds

Stream research has made significant contributions to understanding human impacts on urban waters, including pharmaceuticals, runoff and sewage For two decades, scientists have been monitoring the streams that flow from Baltimore’s outer suburbs through some of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods on their way to the harbor. Read more.

Hidden Health Hazards – Combating the crisis of our food and water Featuring Emma Rosi

Host Bonnie Erbé takes an in-depth look at the crisis of antibiotic resistance in food production as well as products in our waterways. Find out why experts are concerned and the steps we can all take in combating this threat. Dr. Everly Macario of the Pew Charitable Trusts SuperMoms Against Superbugs, Dr. Lance B. Price […]

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