A picture about urban ecology is worth 1,000 words, but the words are pretty good too

Last fall, Yale University Press released The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities.

The book recognizes the Chicago School of Ecology but, using research findings of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), calls for a new approach to urban ecology using patch dynamics as a foundational concept.

The recognition of the Baltimore School of Ecology as a school of thought and as an outgrowth of the work of BES is pretty exciting.

To get a feel for the flavor of the book, its figures are posted on the BES website.


A figure from the Baltimore School of Ecology


As informative as the figures are, you need the text to contextualize them and get the whole story. If you’re interested in cities as social and ecological systems, this is a book you’ll want to read. It is available in hardcopy and ecopy, from Yale University Press and Amazon.