Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2015 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Long-term impacts of urbanization on tree turnover in Baltimore area forests
Templeton, Laura
Co-Authors: Laura Templeton, Jen Mallinoff, Maile Neel, Peter Groffman, Joseph Sullivan

Abstract: In 1998, the Baltimore Ecosystems Survey established eight long-term plots within four forested sites in the Baltimore metropolitan area as part of the National Science Foundationís Long-Term Ecological Research program. The eight plots consist of four urban plots located within Baltimore City and four rural plots in Baltimore County. This past summer trees and saplings in these eight plots were re-surveyed and analyzed to understand the effect of time and urbanization on tree and sapling assemblages. The goal of this research is to understand how the composition and structure of trees and saplings has changed both spatially, through the urban to rural gradient, and through time. The seventeen-year time-lapse from the initial establishment of these plots presents a valuable opportunity to elucidate the impacts of human-induced disturbance on forest structure, function, and resilience.