Green Infrastructure & Equity – Discover Two New Tools + Virtual Events

Green infrastructure can help manage urban hazards, such as flooding, extreme heat, and toxic pollution while improving the availability and quality of urban green space. Across the US, cities have embraced green roofs, bioswales, tree plantings, interconnected parks, and other forms of green infrastructure to make cities healthier and more livable. But too often, equity […]

The Benefits of the Urban Tree Canopy

Urban tree canopy provides many benefits such as cooling and air pollution mitigation. The extent to which individual trees contribute to these services depends on their species and size. However, city-wide studies often investigate canopy cover as a dichotomy, differentiating only whether a space is covered by trees or not. Given that the need for […]

Building & Sustaining a PLC in a Virtual World

See what the BES LTER Education team has been up to in a new video – ‘Building and Sustaining a PLC in a Virtual World’. Learn how the BES LTER Education team pivoted during the pandemic to an all-virtual format, successfully creating a professional learning community (PLC) and implementing their professional development program with Baltimore […]

Urban Ecology, Segregation, and the Work of the Baltimore Field Station

Check out one of BES LTER’s founding researchers, Dr. Morgan Grove, discussing urban ecology, segregation, environmental justice, and the efforts of the US Forest Service’s Baltimore Field Station on the 100th episode of the BioScience Talks podcast.  Find out why Dr. Grove finds the expression “white flight” offensive, how Baltimore and other US cities have […]

Investigating Baltimore’s bat populations

Learn about the work of BES LTER alum Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter. Dr. Carpenter an Urban Wildlife Biologist at US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), presented a Cary Institute scientific seminar on her dissertation research. Dr. Carpenter sought to learn whether environmental and socioeconomic variables could help identify the presence, type, and activity levels of bat […]

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 […]