Dr. Pickett joined the Institute of Ecosystems Studies staff in 1983. His research on how patterns of variation in habitat influence ecological communities has taken him from vacant lots in urban Baltimore to the grassy savannahs of South Africa's Kruger National Park. The Project Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, he is a leader in the discipline of urban ecology. His research is helping to inform the management and restoration of human-modified landscapes.
Prior to coming to the Institute, Dr. Pickett was on the faculty at Rutgers University. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Kentucky at Lexington and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. His distinctions include elected membership in the American Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.