13 October 2011

BES Annual Meeting Agenda

Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Cylburn Arboretum, Vollmer Center, Baltimore, MD

 8:00   8:25 am          Breakfast

 8:25  8:30                Meeting Logistics: Morgan Grove

 8:30 –  9:00                Welcome and Introduction
                                    Presentation of Director’s Award
                                    S.T.A. Pickett, Project Director

 9:00 –  9:30                Keynote Speaker-David Sloan Wilson
                                    Evolution as a general theoretical framework for urban ecosystem studies
 9:30 – 10:45               Session 1 (5)

 9:30    9:45               Land use and climate alter carbon dynamics in watersheds of Chesapeake Bay—S.S. Kaushal, S. Duan, M. Grese, M. Pennino, K.T. Belt, S.E.G. Findlay, P.M. Groffman, P. Mayer, S. Murthy, J. Blomquist

 9:45 – 10:00               Time is money: An empirical examination of the dynamic effects of uncertainty on residential subdivision development—D. Wrenn

10:00 – 10:15              Developing learning progressions for student understanding of water systems in Baltimore—B. Caplan, T. Newcomer

10:15 – 10:30              Biodiversity in urban stormwater ponds—K. Brundrett, C. Wahl, C. Swan

10:30 – 10:45              Urban community forestry in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD: The role of nonprofit organizations—M. Rodier

10:45 – 11: 00             Break

11: 00 – 12:30             Session 2 (6)

11: 00 – 11:15             Identifying the effect of down-zoning in Baltimore County on residential subdivision development in Carroll and Harford Counties—E. Irwin, C. Towe, A. Klaiber, D. Wrenn

11: 15 – 11:30             Uncultivated: A physical and virtual tour of Baltimore's wild plant life—L. Cazabon, C. Partain

11: 30 – 11:45             Effects of stormwater management and stream engineering on nitrogen uptake and denitrification in streams—T. Newcomer, S.S. Kaushal, P.M. Mayer, P.M. Groffman, M.M. Grese

11: 45 – 12:00             Collective strategies for increasing Baltimore City’s tree canopy—E. Tyler

12:00 – 12:15              Recalculating the WUI to strengthen ecological vulnerability planning in the urban-rural transition zone—H. Howard

12:15 – 12:30              What's missing from Baltimore's urban fish communities and why?: A preliminary comparative analysis of fish assemblage data—S. Kemp

12:30   1:30              Lunch

  1:30   3:00              Poster Session

  3:00    4:00              Session 4 (6)

  3:00    3:15              Watershed flow dynamics of the Baltimore Region—A. Bhaskar, C. Welty, A. Seck, R. Maxwell, C. Jantz, S. Drzyzga, R. Sanderson, A. Miller, G. Lindner, J. Cole

  3:15    3:30              Climate change in Maryland: A strategy for resilience—M. Griswold, Z. Johnson

  3:30    3:45              Ecological complexity and disease vectors:  Phenology and composition of urban mosquito communities in Baltimore—S. LaDeau

  3:45   4:00              Baltimore Sustainability Program utilizing Baltimore Ecosystem Study as a tool and resource—B. Strommen

  4:00 –  6:00               Time to set up for COH

  6:00                           Community Open House and Greening Celebration

Thursday, 20 October 2011

  8:00 –   8:30               Breakfast

 8:30 – 10:15               Session 5 (7)

 8:30 –   8:45               From professional development to effective teaching of environmental science—A. R. Berkowitz, B. Caplan, A. Alvarado, S. Haines

   8:45    9:15             The Role of Parks & People Foundation’s Informal Environmental Education in MSDE’s Environmental Literacy Implementation Plan—D. Shelley, M. Hardcastle

   9:15 –  9:30              A tale of two systems: comparative results for vegetation functional diversity for "Clean & Green" and unmanaged vacant lots—Y.  Williams

   9:30 – 10:00             Denitrification enzyme activity in stormwater control structures—N.  Bettez, P. Groffman

  10:00 – 10:15            Pilot testing of distributed temperature sensing in Dead Run—C.  Welty, J. Miller, J. Duncan

 10:15 – 10:30             Pharmaceutical compounds in BES streams: concentrations and ecological effects—E. J. Rosi-Marshall, D. Kincaid, H. Bechtold, T. V. Royer

10:30 – 10:45              Effects of urbanization on dissolved organic matter composition in Maine, USA—T. Parr, C. Cronan, T. Ohno, K. Simon

10:45 – 11:00              Break

11:00 – 12:45              Session 6 (7)

11:00 – 11:15              Estimation of soil CO2 effluxes from suburban forest and lawn using continuous measurements of CO2 profiles in soils—J. Chun, K. Szlavecz, D. Ferrer, M. Bernard, S. Pitz, J. Hom, B. Zaitchik

11:15 – 11:30              Spatial and temporal controls of nitrogen cycling and export—J. Duncan, P. Groffman, L. Band

11:30 – 11:45              Spectral analysis of long-term and high-frequency chloride and nitrate stream chemistry data in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER watersheds—J. Verhoef, C. Welty, S. Kaushal, A. Miller        

11:45 – 12:00              Ultra-urban baseflow and stormflow concentrations and fluxes in a watershed undergoing watershed restoration (WS263)—K.T. Belt,  W.P. Stack, R. Pouyat, K. Burgess, P. Groffman, S. Kaushal

12:00 – 12:15              Integrated hydrologic modeling: discretization, initialization and hydrogeologic data input—A. Seck, C. Welty, J. Cole, R. Maxwell

12:15 – 12:30              Sources and transformations of carbon and nitrogen in the Potomac River Estuary—M. Pennino, S. Kaushal, S. Murthy          

12:30 – 12:45              Land-use effect on stream organic matter composition in two metropolitan areas in USA—S. Duan, S. Kaushal, R. Amon, R. Brinkmeyer

Baltimore Ecosystem Study Steering Committee Meeting 18 October

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
1:00 - 5:00 pm
US Geological Survey Maryland, Delaware, DC Center Office

(BW Tech on UMBC campus)

5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228


  1. Acceptance of the Agenda
  2. Five minute overviews: Director, Graduate, Education, Community Engagement, Information
  3. Management, Site report, Grant proposals and awards.
  4. Synthesis volume
  5. Research Coordination Network on Urban Sustainability
  6. Quarterly meetings: topics and dates
  7. Break
  8. Status of plans for sustainability technical committee
  9. Physical sample inventory and location
  10. Art and science group LTER Network
  11. Facebook page – who to check? How often? How to joining and participate.
  12. Table tent and banner – description, use, storage, check out, and return.

Adjourn 5:00 pm.

12 October 2011

BES Annual Meeting and Greening Celebration & Community Open House

Reminder to register for the BES Annual Meeting. It's only one week away!

Here is the link to register: here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Delegation of Chinese Scientists Visits BES

On September 20th, 2011, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study hosted a delegation of Chinese scientists from the Guizhou Academy of Sciences (GAS). The Guizhou Academy of Sciences is a unique provincial comprehensive natural science research organization with a history of over 70 years. GAS is comprised of seven institutions: Guizhou Botanical Garden, Guizhou Biological Research Institute, Guizhou Karst Resources Environment and Development Research Center, Guizhou Physical Test and Chemical Analysis Center, Guizhou Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering Institute, Guizhou New Material Base, and Guizhou New Technology Research Institute.

The delegation was sponsored by the San Francisco United States-China Exchange Council who brought the delegation to the United States for three weeks to learn how the U.S. maintains its biodiversity in hopes of informing their own efforts to set up biodiversity studies in their home province. The Academy is currently designing biodiversity vegetation studies in two forested areas in Guizhou Province. One area is fully protected while the second is situated near an urban center.

The delegation consisted of 10 scientists mainly from environmental and ecologically based disciplines. The day began at University of Maryland, Baltimore County where BES Ecology Education Program Leader, Bess Caplan, and Delegate Mary Washington, from the Parks & People Foundation, gave an overview of the structure and management practices of BES. Following their presentation, Chris Swan, from UMBC, gave an overview of biodiversity studies within BES. The day continued with lunch followed by a visit to two BES research sites: a permanent plot site in Leakin Park and a riparian restoration site along Stony Run.

The delegation was enthusiastic about the day and is looking forward to continuing conversations and collaborations with BES. A formal invitation has been presented to several BES collaborators to visit their research sites in the Guizhou Province of China.