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
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
10:40 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.
11:30 Poster “Lightning Round”
11:40 Video/photo 3
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)
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
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
10:45 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.
2:30 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
2018 published abstracts will be available at