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Vegetation Projects

  1. Vegetation analysis of the BES long-term biogeochemical study plots
  2. Baltimore's Vegetation Structure And Its Ability To Remove Air Pollutants And Sequester Carbon Dioxide
  3. Effects of a Changing Land Ecosystem on Terrestrial-Estuarine Ecology: History and Paleoecology
  4. Forest History in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Area, 1906 - 1916
  5. Historical Changes in Forest Cover, Gwynns Falls Watershed
  6. Native and Exotic Vines Competition During Urban and Rural Forest Gap Regeneration
  7. Land Use / Land Cover Change from 1915 to 1999 in the Gwynns Falls Watershed, Baltimore County, Maryland: Creation of a Suburban Social Ecology
If you would like more information, please contact Grace Brush, Mary Cadenasso or Steward Pickett.
Vegetation Research Overview

Downtown Baltimore view from Farring Park.
Photo: Mary Cadenasso
Characterization of vegetation is critical to several components of BES. Analysis of current vegetation is a fundamental part of the "patch analysis" approach that we are using to characterize the spatial structure of the urban ecosystem.
Basic vegetation work provides a strong basis for comparison of our strongly human-dominated urban ecosystem with other LTER sites. Our historical and paleoecological vegetation work is central to the temporal focus of our project, which addresses Baltimore from 1790 - 2100. The patch analysis and historical work are also critical to establishing the interface between ecology and social science, as vegetation work is paired with concurrent analysis of social patch structure and historical analysis of demographic and social patterns. Vegetation analysis is also important to biodiversity, aesthetic, climate modification and pollution absorption functions in the urban ecosystem.

Kudzu in canopy. Photo: Mary Cadenasso
Vegetation team activities include long-term studies on the BES long-term biogeochemical study plots, long-term sampling of 200 plots located throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area, several patch analysis projects, productivity studies, analyses of exotic species invasions, paleoecological work and studies of forest change using historical records. Vegetation projects are well linked to social science, modeling and education components of BES.