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 an easy dive into a 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

Baltimore Ecosystem Study partners with Baltimore City Public Schools

$1.2 million NSF award will integrate local data into chemistry curriculum Through a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools to transform the way that chemistry is taught in the city’s high schools. Read more…

Bug Hunt

What’s the link between poverty, disinvestment, and mosquitoes? Every July, for four years running, Shannon LaDeau inspected nine ceramic toilets sitting idly in a vacant lot behind a building, near a block of abandoned lots and houses on the edge of the West Baltimore neighborhood of Franklin Square. No, she is not weird. This was […]