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 […]

6th annual Baltimore Data Jam competition goes virtual and engages families

April 24, 2020 (Baltimore, MD) Calling all students interested in science and art! The Baltimore Ecosystem Study’s Data Jam competition is a chance to explore scientific datasets and communicate the stories they tell through visual or performing arts.  Sing a song, make a video, paint a picture, write a children’s book – your imagination is […]

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 […]

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 […]