27 November 2018

Thanks and 2019 Annual Meeting Dates

 Dear Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) 2018 Research Conference Attendees,

Thank you for joining us this year and for being part of the BES community. The 20th Anniversary Meeting provided us with the opportunity to reflect upon two decades of achievements and friendships, to learn about current BES research and project transitions, to meet with interested Baltimore community members, and to create new memories. Special thanks to Kurt Schmoke, Nancy Grimm, Jennifer Wallace, Morgan Grove, Steward Pickett, and Emma Rosi for their wit, wisdom, and inspiration, and to everyone who presented and contributed to this noteworthy event.

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Annual Meeting dates: October 23rd - 24th. We look forward to seeing you there!

The BES Project Management Committee

21 October 2018

BES 20th Annual Research Conference Agenda

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

8:15 am        Check in and Breakfast

8:40              Call to order and introduction of UB President Kurt Schmoke: Morgan Grove

8:45              Welcome: President Schmoke

8:55              Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Emma Rosi

9:00        9:00             Keynote: Twenty years of urban ecological research: the parallels and contrasts of a Rust Belt and a Sun Belt city: Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University

9:30              Director’s Remarks: Emma Rosi

                     Session 1
9:50              Spatiotemporal variability of groundwater and surface water nitrate loads in nested urban watersheds: Jonathan Duncan et al.

10:05            A suit to stop this road: Freeway revolts and the preservation of parkland in Baltimore: Amanda K. Phillips de Lucas et al.

10:20            Video/photo 1 

10:25            Break
                     Session 2
10:40            Urban ecosystems as analogs for global environmental change: Peter Groffman et al.

11:55            Urban soil and air temperature effects on white oak seedling growth: Nancy Falxa Sonti et al.

11:10            Household willingness to pay for stream restoration on private and public land: Evidence from the Baltimore metropolitan region: Andrew Rosenberg et al.

Video/photo 2

11:30            Poster “Lightning Round”

11:40            Video/photo 3

11:45            Lunch

1:00 pm        Awards Presentation – Director’s Award/ BES 20th Anniversary Awards: Emma Rosi

1:15              Introduction of Jennifer Wallace, BES 2018 Artist in Residence: Steward Pickett

1:20              It Can Be Solved by Walking: a poetic exploration of Baltimore's ecosystem: Jennifer Wallace

1:30              Remarks: Emma Rosi

1:35              Poster Session
                     Terrestrial Isopods in urban environments: A global review: Katelin Szlavecz et al.

                     Soil disturbance and management affect microarthropod community: Yumei Huang et al.
                     Plant communities and soil characteristics Baltimore’s informal green areas: Michaela Sten et al.

                     Pollinator study in West Baltimore lots: Duane Carver, Peter Hope, Jermaine Powell, Corey Scott II, and Josh Williams; Tanaira Cullens (advisor)

                     Pharmaceutical study in Gwynns Falls watershed: Duane Carver, Peter Hope, Jermaine Powell, Corey Scott II, and Josh Williams; Tanaira Cullens (advisor)

                      The Urban-Rural gradient revisited: Changes in forest-landscape structure over space and time: Megan Carr; Lea Johnson (advisor)

                     The stormwater retention benefits of urban trees and forests: Tuana Phillips; Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman (advisor)

                     The Penn State Landscape Architecture Baltimore Urban Design Studio Student Projects Spring 2018: Michael Beattie, Benjamin Chronister, Victoria Frydrych, Jonathan Ringenbach, Zoe Roane-Hopkins, Cara Santoleri; Dr. L .J. Gorenflo (advisor)
The importance of subsurface hydrogeological processes in modeling urban atmospheric-hydrological interactions: Mahdad Talebpour; Claire Welty (advisor)

                     Session 3
3:30              Plant diversity and ecosystem services on abandoned urban lands: Christopher Swan et al.

3:45              Investigating environmental and socioeconomic predictors of bat activity in Baltimore, Maryland: Ela-Sita Carpenter et al.

4:00              Does redlining determine neighborhood fates?: Understanding neighborhood trajectories in Baltimore from 1930-2010: Billy Hall, et al.

4:15             Survival of diapausing mosquito eggs following extreme temperature events varies with seasonality: Fiona Keating, et al. 

5:30-7:30    Community Open House
                     Theme: Urban Sustainability Innovations
                          American Visionary Art Museum, Sculpture Barn and Wildflower Garden, 820 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

8:15 am        Check in and Breakfast

8:40              Call to order/Welcome: Morgan Grove

8:45              Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Mary Cadenasso

8:50               Remarks: Twenty Years of the Human Ecosystem in Baltimore: Charting a Course: Steward Pickett

9:20              Photo/video 4

                     Session 4
9:25              What do we know about extreme floods in Ellicott City and the Baltimore metropolitan region? Andrew Miller, et al.

9:40              Mapping ‘bluespots’ in Baltimore: Potential applications for flood risk management, water quality and landscape design: Bernice Rosensweig et al.

9:55               Is time money? The influence of human resources on patterns of plant diversity in Baltimore yards:  Meghan Avolio et al.

10:10            TBA: Lawrence Band et al. 

10:25            Photo/video 5 

10:30            Break
                      Session 5
10:45            Know your watershed and know your neighbor: paths to supporting urban watershed conservation and restoration in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ: Dexter Locke, et al.

11:00            An Environmental Accounting and Emergy Analysis of Stream Restoration: Peter Ian May, et al. 

11:15            Quantifying the impact of urban high flows on the nesting ecology of river chub (Nocomis micropogon): Stanley Kemp, et al. 

11:30            Impact of Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica biodeposit resuspension on the seston, nutrient, phytoplankton and zooplankton dynamics: A mesocosm experiment: Elka Porter, et al. 

11:45            Seeing the forests for the trees: Characterizing the composition and structure of Baltimore's urban woodlands: Matthew Baker, et al.

12:00 pm        Lunch

                      Session 6: 5-minute talks
1:15              Watershed Knowledge, Climate and Lifestyle Groups in Baltimore and Phoenix, Morgan Grove et al.

1:20              Steady-State Land Cover but Non-Steady-State Major Ion Chemistry in Urban Streams: Joel Moore et al.

1:25              Quantifying the cumulative effects of stream restoration and environmental site design on nitrate loads in nested urban watersheds using a high-frequency sensor network, Claire Welty et al.

1:30              Transformative Futures for Central Maryland: A UREx Scenarios Workshop: Marissa Matsler, et al.

1:35              Is green infrastructure a universal good?
                     Mary Cadenasso, et al.

1:40              Photo/video 6

                     Session 6 continues: full-length talks
1:45              ICE 2.0 – Lessons from the Pilot year of the Integrating Chemistry and Earth science project: Alan Berkowitz et al.

2:00              Effects of Wetland Restoration on Stream Health: an Assessment of the Wetland Restoration Project at Irvine Nature Center: Crystal Lynn Heinzelman et al.

2:15              Break

                      Session 7

2:30              Hotspots of nitrogen transport and retention in residential lawns in Baltimore, MD: Amanda K. Suchy et al.
2:45              Quantifying and Reducing Nitrogen Footprints of Communities: A Case Study for Baltimore: Elizabeth Dukes et al.

3:00              Predicting and managing future mosquito exposure risks in Baltimore City: Shannon LaDeau et al.

3:15              Photo/video 6

3:20              Closing Remarks

3:30              End

2018 published abstracts will be available at www.beslter.org