BES Director Dr. Steward T. A. Pickett, of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, comments, "By linking studies of human populations and social institutions with traditional ecological studies, BES research has revealed unexpected patterns and processes in the Baltimore ecosystem. Renewed funding will allow us to investigate the ecological and social feedbacks underlying urban ecology discoveries," One of the project's goals is to include this growing and often misunderstood ecosystem type in the public dialogue about the metropolitan environment.
Working with partners, including the Parks & People Foundation, the USDA Forest Service and Yale University's Urban Resources Initiative, BES has built an unprecedented platform for integrated ecological, physical and social research in a metropolitan area. Research, from atmospheric science and hydrology to urban design and economics, aims to understand Baltimore as an ecological system. Findings are shared with educators and decision makers. To date, BES research has resulted in 94 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 8 books, 44 book chapters and 6 dissertations and theses.
"The first phase of BES taught us how to work with disciplines that ecology has rarely engaged effectively. The results gained through these unique collaborations will help meet the challenge of understanding cities, suburbs and the surroundin
Contact: Lori M. Quillen
Institute of Ecosystem Studies