Dr. Steward Pickett, BES LTER Founding Director, receives the ESA’s Eminent Ecologist Award

Congratulations to Dr. Steward Pickett, the BES LTER founding Director and recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s 2021 Eminent Ecologist Award, conferred in recognition of his pioneering work on forest succession, urban ecology, and efforts to improve urban stewardship and sustainability. Read more…

What I Know Now: The Need for “Good Trouble” to Build an Anti-Racist Science of Ecology

A meditation on race and ecology on the occasion of the death of U.S. Representative John Lewis by BES Director Emeritus, Steward T.A. Pickett Representative John R. Lewis (1940-2020) was a hero of the civil rights movement in the United States. He was one of the six leaders of the famous 1963 March On Washington, a […]

Bedrock to treetops: NSF awards $4.8M to urban environment study led by BES LTER researcher Claire Welty

“We’ve got all this incredible science that’s been going on for 20 years of the BES,” Welty says. With the Critical Zone grant, “Now we want to look at the subsurface to complement all the data and information and instrumentation—you name it, we have it,” Welty says. “We think it’s really important to marry these […]

Congratulations to our 2020 Data Jam Winners!

The Baltimore Data Jam Competition – Accessible science This year saw the 7th Annual Baltimore Data Jam Competition.  Each year I look forward to seeing the variety of student projects that both describe a local socio or ecological data set and communicate that data in a creative way.  We’ve seen submissions from original songs and […]

Message from the LTER Network Executive Board on recent events

On June 2, the LTER Executive Board shared the following message with all members of the LTER community: Dear LTER Community, As millions of people raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd, we are filled with grief and anger and reminded how far we still are from the fair and just […]

Latest BES LTER BioScience paper featured in podcast

BES LTER Director Emeritus, Dr. Steward Pickett, discusses ‘Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social–Ecological Research Project’ on the latest BioScience Talks podcast. Discover how we decide what data should be collected, the surprising finding about urban tree canopy and crime, how we developed an entirely new way of looking […]

The importance of the new BES LTER theoretical perspectives paper

Theoretical Perspectives of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Conceptual Evolution in a Social–Ecological Research Project by Pickett et al. is an important addition to urban ecology literature for several reasons. Urban ecology (or even urban science) is most often justified because urbanization is one of the biggest global transformations of the 21st century; however its theoretical underpinnings […]

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 […]