Synthesis Research Update

See below for a slide show of the July Quarterly meeting presentations. Beneath that you will find a link for the one pre-recorded presentation. For presenter contact information, please email with your inquiry.

Spotlight on BES Environmental Justice Research

Watershed Studies

Brief description The watershed approach, i.e. monitoring inputs and hydrologic outputs of nutrients, has long been fundamental in ecosystem ecology, and is an important component of many sites in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. This approach provides information on whole ecosystem function and how this responds to environmental change. […]


Biodiversity is defined broadly as the variety of form of life on the planet.  The Baltimore Ecosystem Study seeks to document and understand biodiversity in cities, as the placement, removal or spontaneous occurrence of species happens in close proximity to people, and is influenced by the choices they make. Why is it important to people’s […]

A Collaborative Network for Research, Education, and Application

Brief description The Baltimore Ecosystem Study is a collaborative that aims to improve the understanding of how Baltimore works as a social-ecological place. This is a big job that requires the cooperation of different people who know about all aspects of the city. Why is it important to people’s lives? Understanding ecological processes in Baltimore […]


The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is dedicated to informing sustainable cities through advancing an understanding of urban ecosystems. Since 1997, BES has fostered a collaborative network of scientists, sociologists, urban planners, public health professionals, and educators. Today, more than 45 experts are working on dozens on projects examining everything from storm water runoff and the […]

Education and Outreach

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) education program is tasked with infusing BES science into the public sphere. Fostering an understanding of the metropolis as a social-ecological system lies at the core of the BES Education mission. Novel research seeks to understand what supports teachers in mainstream school settings in embracing this mission, and what supports […]