12/2/11 CUERE welcomes new staff members Corrine Mohnansky (Accounting Associate) and Mike Barnes (Research Assistant).
Dr. Upal Ghosh, Associate Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and
Enviromental Engineering, has received a new NIH award entitled
"Combining bioavailability assays with modeling to predict PCBs in fish
after remediation". This research will advance the assessment of
remediation effectiveness at Superfund sediment sites through a
combination of improving the science of passive sampling,
experimentally establishing the link between passive sampling
measurement and human health risk drivers such as contaminants in fish,
and developing and testing contaminant fate and bioaccumulation models
that can use passive sampling measurements for decision making.
Dr. Melanie Harrison, recent UMBC/MEES/IGERT graduate, has just had
another paper accepted from her dissertation work: Harrison, M.D.,
P.M. Groffman, P.M. Mayer, and S.S. Kaushal. 2011. Microbial biomass
and activity in geomorphic features in forested, urban restored and degraded streams. Ecological Engineering (in press).
Stu Schwartz, Senior Scientist with CUERE, has received a new grant
from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on "Restoring Hydrologic
Function in the Urban Landscape".
Bernadette Hanlon. Research Analyst at CUERE, has accepted a position
at Ohio State University as a visiting faculty member in City and
Regional Planning. Bernadette was with CUERE since its founding,
contributed greatly to the scholarly activity of the unit, and will be
missed! We wish her all the best in her new position.
Stu Schwartz and his team are working with Blue Water Baltimore to
measure soil properties of lawns in the Baltimore region. Read
about it here at http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/soil-assessment
CUERE welcomes Joshua Cole, our new Environmental Data Manager. Josh
comes to us from U MD College Park, where he was the Technology
Development and Training Analyst for the School of Architecture,
Planning, and Preservation. Josh holds a BS degree in Computer
Information Systems from Indiana University and a Masters of GIS from
University of Maryland, Office of Professional Studies - Geography.
Mike McGuire, Geopatial Data Services Manager and Assistant Research
Scientist with CUERE, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of
Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, effective Fall
2011. WE are very proud of Mike's accompishment and wish him well
in his new career trajectory.
Congratulations to Roxanne Sanderson, undergraduate research
assistant with CUERE, who has received an EPA GRO Fellowship to support
her junior and senior years at UMBC.
Brian Reed has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to go to the Dublin
Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland for the 2011-2012 academic
year. The subject of his Fulbright is environmental
CUERE has published a new technical report documenting experiences with
deployment of real-time nitrate sensors in subwatersheds of Dead Run,
Baltimore. The report can be downloaded from http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/BaltimoreWTB/pdf/TR_2011_001.pdf
Upal Ghosh and collaborators' work was highlighted this week in a
feature article and on the cover of Environmental Science and
Technology. The article can be viewed here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es102694h
The USDA Forest Service unit located in Baltimore on UMBC's
campus has relocated to spacious new offices in UMBC's Research Park.
The Forest Service will continue to maintain a field office in
the TRC as well as utilize labs in CUERE for sample processing and
staging for field work.
12/1/10 Recent journal articles by UMBC IGERT trainees include:
P. M. Groffman, P. M. Mayer, S. Kaushal, T. Newcomer, "Denitrification
in Alluvial Wetlands in an Urban Landscape", Accepted, 11/26/10, Journal of Environmental Quality.
Sivirichi, Gwen, S.
S. Kaushal, P. M. Mayer, C. Welty, K. T. Belt, T. A. Newcomer, K. D.
Newcomb and M. M. Grese. 2010. "Longitudinal variability in streamwater
chemistry and carbon and nitrogen fluxes in restored and degraded urban
stream networks", Journal of Environmental Monitoring, DOI: 10.1039/c0em00055h.
Dandois, Jonathan P. and E. C. Ellis. 2010. Remote sensing of vegetation structure using computer vision. Remote Sensing 2(4):1157-1176.
A. B. Brand, J. W. Snodgrass, M. T. Gallagher, R. E. Casey, and R. Van Meter,
2010. Lethal and Sublethal Effects of Embryonic and Larval Exposure of
Hyla versicolor to Stormwater Pond Sediments, Arch Environ Contam
Toxicol., 58:325–331, DOI 10.1007/s00244-009-9373-0.
UMBC, in collaboration with Cary Intitute of Ecosystem Studies,
USDA Forest Service, Princeton University, U. MD College Park, Ohio
State, Penn State, USGS, and U Rhode Island, has received a NSF Water
Sustainability and Climate grant entitled: "Regional Climate Variability and Patterns of Urban Development - Impacts on the Urban Water Cycle and Nutrient Export". The NSF press release can be found here.
Steward Pickett, PI, has received word that NSF will continue to
fund the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER for another six years.
The title of the project is "Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Long-Term
Ecological Research:Phase III – Adaptive Processes in the Baltimore
Socio-Ecological System: From the Sanitary to the Sustainable City";
the submitted proposal can be viewed here. UMBC is pleased to host the field headquarters for another six years.
7/19/10 Claire Welty served as technical chair of the 2010 CUAHSI Biennial Science Meeting held in Boulder, Colorado.
CUERE welcomes Julia Friedmann as a new full-time Research Assistant to
replace Phil Larson. Julia holds a BS from Michigan State
University and a MS from Southern Illinois University.
Chris Swan and Matt Baker of UMBC's Department of Geography and
Environmental Systems have received notification of a forthcoming NSF
award from the Division of Environmental Biology to study "The role of
network topology and environmental filtering in shaping the ecology of
spatially structured communities."
6/14/10 Rob Ryan and Claire
Welty have had an article accepted by Journal of Hydrology entitled
"Variation in surface water-groundwater exchange with land use in an
urban stream", 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.06.004.
welcomes summer REU students Roxanne Sanderson and Dakota Smith and
high school intern Greg Jackson. Dakota and Greg will be working for
Claire Welty on a groundwater quality sampling project; Roxanne will be
working woth Mike McGuire on database and web interface programming.
Roxanne will also be helping out with field work on multiple projects.
Dakota will be attending Penn State in the fall as a
freshman meteorology major; Roxanne will be starting her sophomore year
as an environmental science major at UMBC. Greg is entering his
senior year at North Carroll High School.
5/28/10 Today was Phil Larson's last day at CUERE. He will be missed and we wish him well!
5/21/10 Michael McGuire of the CUERE staff graduated with his PhD in Information Systems at UMBC.
An article entitled "Effective Curve Number and Hydrologic Design of
Pervious Concrete Storm-Water Systems" by Stu Schwartz is to appear in
the June issue of ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.
IGERT trainees Aditi Bhaskar (PhD student, Civil and
Environmental Engineering) and Garth Lindner (PhD student, Geography
and Environmental Systems) each received an outstanding student award
for their papers presented at the 2009 fall meeting of the American
10/19/09 CUERE is pleased to host, at
the request of NSF, a week-long visit by visting Chinese scientists as
aprt of a US-China scientific exchange, culminating in a workshop
entitled "Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Coastal, Estuarine, and Urban Areas"
Peter Lapa-Lilly and Sarah Poole have accepted positions with
USGS as Hydrologic Science Technicians. They were employed as
undergraduate research assistants at CUERE during their junior and
senior years, graduating in May 2009 with BS degrees in Environmental
Science. Congratulations to Sarah and Peter!
8/16/09 UMBC welcomes new IGERT trainees Aaron
Churchill, Nick Magliocca, Laura Merner, Anna Johnson, Danielle
Schwartmann, and Sheena Young.
Recent grant notifications received by CUERE include "The Use of
Retrospective Hydrologic Forecasts for Forecast System Improvement
Using Hydrologic Forecast Verification Concepts" from NOAA (Stu
Schwartz, PI); and "Integrating Real-Time Chemical Sensors into
Understanding of Groundwater Contributions to Surface Water in a Model
Urban Observatory" from NSF (C. Welty, PI).
Congratulations to Bernadette Hanlon of CUERE for her two books in
press: Once the American Dream:
Inner-ring Suburbs in the Metropolitan United States,
Temple University Press, due out December 2009; and Cities and Suburbs: New
Metropolitan Realities in the US (co-authors John Rennie
Short and Thomas J. Vicino), due out Routledge, October 2009.
Today was Christiane Runyan's last day at CUERE.
She is off to U VA
to pursue a PhD in environental science. She will be missed
Stu Schwartz, Senior Scientist at CUERE, has received
notification of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
to develop specifications for subsoiling techniques to enhance
stormwater infiltration. A press release can be found at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/news_insrg09.aspx?menuitem=36474
UMBC, together with USGS, MDE, MDP, and MGS, co-hosted a
entitled "The Roles of Science, Planning, and Regulation in Water
Supply Management in Maryland's Fractured Rock Aquifers" held at UMBC's
South Campus. The workshop was sponsored by Maryland Water
12/15/08 The IGERT
was recently completed.
UMBC is pleased to announce hosting of the 2009 Darcy Lecturer Dr.
Peter Cook from CSIRO Land and Water, Australia who will speak on
"Environmental Tracers in Modern Hydrogeology: Reducing Uncertainty in
Groundwater Flow Estimation". The lecture, hosted by the
Association of Groundwater Scoentists and Engineers, is scheduled to be
held on May 5, 2009 at USGS in BW Tech Research Park.
IGERT Fellow Robin Van Meter is senior author on a new article in the
September issue of Wetlands.
CUERE ran a highly successful pervious concrete workshop
today. View the UMBC
press coverage and a video of the pour on You
8/19/08 UMBC welcomes new IGERT trainees Aditi Bhaskar, Jonathan Dandois, Garth Lindner, Michael Pennino, Jeanne
Ragsdale, and Tara Willey. Their profiles are posted at http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/igert/profiles.html.
pleased to announce
first Pervious Concrete Workshop
to be held on
8/27/08, organized by Dr. Stu Schwartz and sponsored by
Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Read more about it at http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/pdf/PerviousConcrete.pdf
8/11/08 Ian Yesilonis of the USFS is
senior author of two new articles on lead in Baltimore soils.
(See CUERE's publications
Christiane Runyan. Ms.
Runyan holds a
BS degree from U. Wyoming and is currently
completing a MS degree in Environmental Science and
Policy at the Johns Hopkins University. She joins the CUERE staff
as a full-time research assistant,
working with Phil Larson to deploy,
maintain, and analyze data from our network of hydrologic equipment.
UMBC is pleased to co-host the 2008 Darcy Lecture. Dr. Michael Celia
will present "Geological Storage
Research Park Drive,
Baltimore, MD 21228 http://md.water.usgs.gov/
Dr. Bernadette Hanlon, Research Analyst with CUERE, has received a contract
with Temple University Press for a book entitled Once the American
Dream: Inner-Ring Suburbs of the Metropolitan U.S., which is based on
her PhD dissertation defended in September 2007.
Dr. Chris Swan, Assistant Professor
of Geography and Environmental Systems and CUERE Faculty Fellow,
has received a grant from Maryland Water Resources Research Center
entitled, " Microbial
nitrogen sequestration in detrital-baseams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed
under stress from road-salt runoff".
A technical report
authored by Lisa Fraley, Andrew Miller,
and Claire Welty has been released
by National Park Service.
Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2007/095,
entitled "Characterization of Sediment
Remobilization in Valley Creek, Valley Forge National
Historical Park", can be downloaded from here.
Lisa Fraley earned her BS
MS (2006) from UMBC
and is currently
employed with the
Center for Watershed Protection in Ellicott City,
MD. Andrew Miller is
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems and CUERE Faculty Fellow. Claire Welty
is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of
CUERE welcomes new employee Mark Sibug, Environmental Database
Specialist, who is working with Mike McGuire in CUERE's Spatial Data
Analysis Laboratory. Mark is a 2007 UMBC graduate from the Department
of Geography and Environmental Systems.
10/24/07 USGS held an open house to welcome the community to its new building at UMBC/BW Tech research park.
has received a $3M grant from NOAA, "Integrating Real-Time Sensor Networks,
Data Assimilation, and Predictive Modeling to Assess the Effects of Climate Variability
on Water Resources in an Urbanizing
The project summary can be viewed here.
Dr. Stuart Schwartz, Senior Research Scientist with CUERE, has received
a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust entitled "Pervious concrete:
technology demonstration and information needs".
Bernadette Hanlon successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Public
Policy entitled "The decline of older, inner suburbs: A new reality in
In collaboration with LLNL, Princeton, and Shippensburg, CUERE has
received a NSF Biocomplexity grant entitled "Dynamic Coupling of the
Water Cycle with Patterns of Urban Growth". The project summary can be
9/1/07 CUERE welcomes four new undergraduate research assistants: Dan Hoff,
Mark Sibug, Pater Lapa-Lilly and Sarah Poole.
8/15/07 UMBC welcomes new IGERT Fellows Barbara Beckingham (CEE), Tracy Kerchkof
(CEE), Gwen Stanko (MEES), and Olyssa Starry (Geography and Environmental Systems).
The MD-DE-DC USGS building in UMBC's Research Park was completed in July
and USGS moved to campus on 8/11/07.
7/1/07 Dr. Claire Welty has been named Chair of the Water Science and Technology
Board of the National Research Council.
CUERE welcomes new employee Philip Larson
as a full-time Hydrologic Science Technician/Research
Assistant. Mr. Larson holds a BS in Water
Resources from University of Wisconsin
Stevens Point and will be reponsible for
deploying and maintaining our new network
of hydrologic equipment.
6/1/07 CUERE welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Campbell as a staff Research Scientist. Dr.
Campbell was previously a professor in UMBC's Department of Information Systems.
4/1/07 The MD-DE-DC USGS building in UMBC's Research Park is progressing on
schedule and a move is set for August
A new CUERE
by the Center
(U MD College
Park), and Michael
is entitled Demographic
1970 to 2000.
can be downloaded
Dr. Claire Welty has become the Chair of
the Board of Directors of the Consortium
of Universities for the Advancement of
Hydrologic Science, Inc. for 2007 (http://www.cuahsi.org).
The 2007 Darcy Lecturer, Dr.James Butler, Jr.,will present his lecture "Getting
the Information Ground Water Modelers Need: A Report from the Field" on
September 10, 2007 on the UMBC campus in the new USGS building.
11/1/06 UMBC has received a grant from NSF to establish a test-bed environmental
observatory focused on urban groundwater. C. Welty is PI; partners are USGS,
USFS, Princeton University, UVa, UNC, Widener U., and IES.
CUERE welcomes Dr. Laura Lewis, Assistant Professor in
Geography and Environmental Systems. Dr. Lewis' is primary
interest is in the biogeography of crop species particularly
those of African origin. Her research focuses on
agricultural dynamics with an emphasis on ethnobiology,
genetic resource management, and conservation in traditional
farming systems. Her present work takes place in
warm, semi-arid, and arid regions, particularly the Sahara
and the Sahel of Africa. A second research interest
is agrobiodiversity of the urban landscape. This
work focuses on the types of agricultural products available
to the urban community at various spatial scales, where
those products are grown and processed, and who utilizes
these agricultural commodities for consumption or commercial
UMBC welcomes its first cohort of IGERT Trainees, who are now in residence:
Dan Miles, PhD student in Public Policy/Economics track; Yvette Williams,
Melanie Harrison. and Robin van Meter, PhD students in the Marine Estuarine
and Environmental Science Program. The Trainees will be working with faculty
mentors Virginia McConnell/Scott Farrow, Steward Pickett, Peter Groffman,
and Chris Swan. We are all looking forward to a productive and exciting year
as we launch the program.
Tom Vicino, CUERE staff member and PhD candidate in the Department
of Public Policy, successfully defended his PhD dissertation
entitled "Suburban Crossroads: An Analysis of Socioeconomic
Change in Baltimore’s First-Tier Suburbs, 1970 to 2000".
Dr. Vicino has accepted a faculty position at Univerity of
Texas Arlington beginning Fall 2006.
6/29/06 Today the USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center broke ground for its new
building on UMBC campus to be complete in spring 2007. The UMBC press release
can be viewed at http://www.umbc.edu/NewsEvents/releases//archives/2006/06/umbc_usgs_to_ce_1.html
5/3/06 UMBC has received an official award letter on the NSF IGERT award. We
are now recruiting for a cohort of Trainees
for Fall of 2007. The grant proposal and instructions for application can be
viewed at http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/igert.
4/21/06 CUERE, in collaboration with USGS, is pleased to host the 2006 Darcy
Lecturer, Dr. Eileen Poeter, who will speak on "All Models Are Wrong:
How Do We Know Which Are Useful?" Dr. Poeter is a Professor at the Colorado
School of Mines.
announced today that the USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center will move to campus in
2007 under a
long-term cooperative agreement. The UMBC press release can be viewed at
CUERE has received notice from NSF for recommendation of an IGERT award on
the theme "Water in the Urban Environment". We are now recruiting
for a cohort of Trainees for Fall of 2006. The grant proposal and instructions
for application can be viewed at http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/igert
1/13/06 Claire Welty has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of
the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI)
for 2007. She will serve as chair-elect in 2006.
CUERE welcomes Dr. Stuart Schwartz, Senior Scientist, to its
research staff. Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. in Geography
and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University
in 1988, specializing water resource systems analysis. He has
held research positions at Cleveland State University, University
of North Carolina, and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac
River Basin. Dr. Schwartz is a pioneer in championing the use
of a systems approach for decision-making affecting urban landscapes.
He is currently developing a set of spatial decision tools to
evaluate the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of
development across scales ranging from decisions at the level
of home purchases and individual lot characteristics to neighborhood,
community, catchment and watershed scales that would determine
the ecological sustainability of urbanizing streams and the social
and economic sustainability of regional growth. This kind of
work is a perfect fit with the mission of CUERE and our multidisciplinary
approach to environmental research.
CUERE and The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will
present a special symposium on Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, September
29, 2005 from 4 -6 PM in the University Center Ballroom. Details of the
program are provided on the CUERE seminar page at http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/SeminarSeries.html.
CUERE welcomes new UMBC environmental faculty members Dr. Robert Neff,
Assistant Professor of Geography, and Dr. Scott Farrow, Professor and
Chair of Economics.
Brian Reed and 24 other faculty from UMBC and Howard
University received an MRI Grant from NSF for "Acquisition of an ICP-MS
and an IC by UMBC for Use in Environmental and Human Health Research”.
CUERE's annual report to UMBC Provost Dr. Arthur Johnson for the
period 7/1/04 - 6/30/05 is now available and can be downloaded from http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/pdf/CUERE_Annual_Report_2005.pdf.
6/28/05 Tingping Ouyang, Visiting Scientist with CUERE, has recently published
a paper in Journal of Environmental Monitoring. Her photograph of
the Pearl River is featured on the cover of the July issue of the journal.
The citation for her article is:
T., Z. Zhu, and Y. Kuang "River Water Quality and
Pollution Sources in the Pearl River Delta, China", Journal
of Environmental Monitoring, 7(7), 664 - 669, 2005.
Today CUERE released a new report, "The State of the Inner Suburbs: An
Examination of Suburban Baltimore, 1980 to 2000," available for download
The report is co-authored by Bernadette Hanlon and Thomas Vicino of
CUERE, both of whom are also Ph.D. candidates in UMBC's Department
of Public Policy. A story on the report appears today both on the front page
of the Baltimore Sun http://www.baltimoresun.com/ and
the Maryland Daily Record http://www.mddailyrecord.com/.
UMBC's official news release can be accessed from http://www.umbc.edu/NewsEvents/releases/article.phtml?news_id=1231
Recognizing that many inner suburbs in the Northeast and Midwest are experiencing
economic and social problems normally associated with central cities, the report
presents a case study of Baltimore's inner suburbs to quantitatively assess
evidence of change. Many of these older suburbs have experienced declines in
household income, and are struggling to cope with the problems of an aging
population and local infrastructure. Fast-developing suburbs on the outer fringe
of the Baltimore metropolitan area are far outpacing these older suburbs on
a variety of measures including school performance, housing values, wages and
population growth. Recent transformations in the local and regional economy,
a housing market that favors the outer suburbs, and a shrinking fiscal base,
each negatively affect the inner suburbs.
Public policies aimed at revitalization of the existing physical, economic
and social infrastructure in these older communities would be an efficient
allocation of regional resources. Such revitalization will reduce sprawling
development in the outer fringes of the metropolitan area; preserve the region's
natural environment; and create viable, healthy and livable communities for
5/5/05 Based on a strong preproposal, Dr. Claire Welty and
31 other faculty from UMBC and Howard University were invited to submit a full
NSF IGERT proposal, due 8/5/05. The proposal is entitled "Water in the
Led by GES Environmental Science major and CUERE research assistant Tammy
Newcomer, UMBC celebrated Earth Day by planting more than 300 trees
on campus. The event drew over 120 volunteers, who were guided by USFS scientist Ian
Yesilonis on proper planting and mulching techniques. The tree saplings
were purchased by CUERE and additional funding for the event was provided by
the UMBC Student Government Association. Read more at http://www.umbc.edu/newsevents/insights/archives/2005/04/kudos_25.html
This month CUERE will host visitors from France, Germany, and Australia who
are working in the area of urban sustainability.
On March 7, 2005 Dr. Philippe Jamet, Attaché for Science
and Technology for the Embassy of France in Washington D.C., will bring 32
students and two professors from the French Institute for Environmental Engineering
and Management to meet with CUERE faculty and staff from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
in TRC 206. The students are visiting Baltimore from March 5 – 9 as part
of a case study program to examine Baltimore’s sustainability policies.
The Institute for Environmental Engineering and Management is a postgraduate
course that was founded in 1992 by the association of three major engineering
schools of the ParisTech consortium: École des Mines de Paris, École
des Ponts et Chaussées, and École du Génie Rural, des
Eaux et des Forêts. The founding of the program resulted from the Rio
Conference in 1992 that highlighted the need to achieve sustainable development.
ISIGE is dedicated to the training of the high level, multidisciplinary project
managers able to answer to the new challenges associated to sustainable development.
ISIGE’s course is a one-year curriculum divided into a 6-month academic
training and a 6-month internship.
The Urban Sustainability module is a case-study training. Every year, the ISIGE
management selects a city where comprehensive policies are currently implemented
to cope with sustainability challenges. This case study is based on meetings
with city stakeholders and field visits, to achieve a holoistic view of the
city issues, strategies and achievements (e.g., management of heritage, urban
ecology, social aspects, economic aspects, governance.) Former Urban Sustainability
case-studies include: Lisbon (Portugal), Florence (Italy), Barcelona (Spain),
Edinburgh (UK), Budapest (Hungary). The Baltimore case-study is the first to
be selected outside European Union.
On March 18, 2005, Dr. Ellen Banzhaf from the Department of
Applied Landscape Ecology, Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle,
Germany (http://www.ufz.de), will meet with
CUERE staff to explore common research interests. At 10 AM Dr. Banzhaf will
present a seminar entitled "Towards Sustainable Use of Urban Areas: Monitoring
and Modeling Approaches” in TRC 206. This visit represents an ongoing
exchange between CUERE and the UFZ. In February 2004 Dr. Ulrike Weiland of
UFZ visited UMBC and in February 2005 Dr. Claire Welty visited the UFZ in Leipzig.
On March 24, 2005, Dr. Matthew Beaty of the CSIRO Sustainable
Ecosystems program in Canberra, Australia (http://www.cse.csiro.au)
will meet with CUERE staff to discuss urban education and research strategies
and experiences. Dr. Beatty is working to help develop a new research focus
on sustainable urbanization and urban ecology. CSIRO’s interest in this
area lies primarily in developing research capacity for coupled social-ecological
studies of Australian cities and the urbanizing landscapes that surround them.
One of Dr. Beaty’s current projects is examining relationships between
changing urban spatial patterns, public health, and biodiversity in Sydney.
Dr. Beaty was recently awarded a travelling fellowship from the Australian
Government to visit urban research groups in the United States, participate
in conferences in the US and Canada, and develop a comparative, pilot research
project between the US and Australia.
On March 16, 2005 CUERE will host an all-day meeting (10 AM - 3 PM) of the
CUAHSI Potomac HO writing team in TRC 206.
The U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment (MAIA) has published a new
case study, written by CUERE RA and Public Policy Ph.D. Candidate Tom
Vicino. The report, High Radium Levels in Anne Arundel County
Drinking Water Corrected: Partnerships and Collaboration Made The Difference,
is an examination of the best environmental management practices. It is
the product of a graduate-level seminar course in public policy that EPA
and UMBC initiated in 2001. The report is part of a series of research
projects to help environmental managers make informed decisions about the
challenges they face. The report can be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/maia/html/aaradium.html.
Steve Sharkey, a CUERE research assistant and Public Policy doctoral student,
has accepted a semester-long position as a Baltimore Citistat Fellow for the
Spring of 2005. The citistat fellowship is a collaboration between UMBC's department
of Public Policy and the City of Baltimore. Citistat , pioneered by Baltimore
Mayor Martin O'Malley, relies on data collection and analysis to hold city
UMBC and the USGS MD-DE-DC office will co-host the 2005 Darcy Lecture on
May 4, 2005 at 10:30 AM in TRC 206. Dr. Kip Solomon, a geology professor and
director of the Noble Gas Laboratory at the University of Utah, has been named
the 2005 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the National Ground Water Association.
Solomon’s lecture is titled "Inert Gas Tracers in Ground Water." The
lecture will illustrate the basic concepts of using inert gas tracers along
with case studies that describe their applications to real ground water flow
problems. The case studies will focus on ground water dating, noble gas thermometry
or inert gas tracers, depending on the interests of the hosting institution.
RAs and Affilated Faculty have had five papers accepted
to the Urban Affairs
Association conference to be held in Salt Lake City in April, 2005.
Titles and authors are: (1)
Affordable Housing in Metropolitan Maryland" by Tom Vicino and Steve
Sharkey; (2) The Impact of Urbanization
on a Transitional County" by Bernadette
Hanlon, Tom Vicino, and Steve Sharkey; (3) " An Urban
Policy to Reduce Impervious Surface Coverage for Environmental Sustainability" by Steve
Sharkey, Bernadette Hanlon and Tom Vicino; PANEL: “ New
Patterns of Socioeconomic Diversity in Metropolitan America";
Panel Organizers: Bernadette
Hanlon and Tom Vicino;
Moderator: Prof. Donald Norris, UMBC Dept of Public Policy; Papers: (1) "
Megalopolis Revisited: Neighborhoods In A Giant Urban Region" by Prof.
John Rennie Short (GES), Tom Vicino, and Bernadette Hanlon;
(2) " The
Fate of Inner Suburbs: Evidence from Metropolitan Baltimore" by Bernadette
Hanlon and Tom Vicino; (3) "
Pulling Apart: The Rise of Economic Segregation Among Cities and Suburbs,
1980-2000" by Todd Swanstrom, Peter Dreier, and Colleen
Dr. Claire Welty was elected to a new
3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities
the Advancement of
Hydrologic Science, Inc. She will also serve as an At-Large Member
of the CUAHSI Executive
BES Quarterly Science Meeting will be held in TRC 206
on January 19, 2005 on Stream Restoration.
UMBC and SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
will join together in a scientific information exchange in an all-day
for their faculty and graduate students at SERC on 1/18/05. Co-convenors
Welty and Tom Jordan (SERC).
CUERE Faculty Fellow Dr. Upal Ghosh of the Department
of Civil and Environmental
Engineering has been awarded funds from the Department of Defense
for Field Testing of Activated Carbon Mixing
Situ Stabilization of PCBs in Sediment. This three year project will
demonstrate an innovative treatment for in situ stabilization of
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sediment under field conditions
at Hunters Point
Assistant Director Amy Rynes and Tom Vicino,
Public Policy Ph.D. candidate and CUERE Research Assistant, have been asked
to serve on Citizen
Planning and Housing Committee’s Housing Association (CPHA) Regional
Housing Committee. This committee will be meeting quarterly to create a strategy
aimed at developing and promoting environmentally friendly smart growth strategies
by promoting communities of opportunity throughout the region.
host “Urban Landscapes”, the
2005 conference of
the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America.
The meeting will be held on Saturday
March 12, 2005 from 8 am -7 pm on the campus of UMBC. On Sunday
March 13, 2005, there will be a field trip to the Baltimore Ecosystem
LTERsite. Early bird registration is
due December 10, 2005 and February 4, 2005 for regular registration.
Further information can be found at http://esa.org/midatlantic.
CUERE RA and Ph.D. Public Policy Candidate Steve Sharkey was recently
invited to speak at a panel discussion sponsored
by the Center for Arts and Visual Culture at UMBC. The discussion
was titled “Community Building by Design: Affordable Housing
and Neighborhood Revitalization”. Steve offered data to show
the extent of the affordable housing crisis in Maryland and provided
comments on policy alternatives. The panel discussion was paired
with an art exhibit that displayed novel affordable housing
designs incorporating green
techniques and materials into the construction process throughout
Baltimore and Washington.
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has been named Associate
Editor of Environmental
Modeling and Assessment. ENMO is a leading international journal
dedicated to quantitative papers in environmental science.
The quarterly science meeting of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study will
be held in the TRC 206 on January 19, 2005. The topic of the meeting is ecosystem
impacts of stream restoration.
Vicino, CUERE Research Assistant and Public Policy Ph.D. Candidate,
presented the paper "The Technology-Knowledge Transfer Approach and
Innovative Methods for Teaching Public Policy: The Case of Best Environmental
Management Practices in Maryland" at the Association
of Public Policy Analysis and Management’s 26th Annual Fall Research
Conference Oct. 28-30, 2004 in Atlanta.
CUERE's Geospatial Data Services Manager, Mike McGuire,
presented a paper at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
(ASPRS) Sept 12 - 16, 2004 conference in Kansas City, Missouri. His paper, "Using
Human-Induced Topographic Change", examined the impact of suburban development
on topographic alteration. He found that average slope before development positively
correlates with overall topographic change.
McGuire and Dr.
Laura Hungerford and others from the University of Maryland's
School of Medicine presented a paper, "Use of a Geographic Information
System to Examine Spatial Patterns in Maryland FoodNet Data"at
the Annual Meeting of the American College of Epidemiology in Boston,
Sept 11-14, 2004. This work mapped the distribution of disease,
Ms. Tingping Ouyang, environmental science doctoral
student at Guangzhou
Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
is in residence at CUERE this year studying land cover/land
mapping techniques with Dr. Youngsinn Sohn of the Geography
and Environmental Systems department. Ms. Ouyangholds
a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Jiangxi Normal
University and a master's degree in environmental sciencec
from the Guangzhou
Institute of Geochemistry. Her research interests are
i n remote sensing, land use and land cover change, GIS applications,
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study will
hold its annual science meeting on the South Campus
of UMBC on October 21-22,
2004. This meeting is open to the public. Driving
directions and a campus map can be found at http://www.umbc.edu/AboutUMBC/CampusMap/.
CUERE research assistants and Public Policy Ph.D. candidates Steve
Bernadette Hanlon, and Tom Vicino have
been awarded a grant under U.S. EPA’s P3 national student design
EPA P3 Award program provides funds to teams of students to research,
develop, and design solutions to sustainability challenges. P3 highlights
"people, prosperity, and the planet" – the three pillars
of sustainability – as
the next step beyond P2 or pollution
winning CUERE submission, entitled “Using An Impervious
System To Reduce Impervious Surface Coverage for Environmental
will establish a cap on impervious surfaces on a per lot basis
of specific size. Similar to the acid rain “cap and trade” program,
this policy design will allow land developers to trade “impervious
surface credits” and will offer flexibility in
how developers choose to reduce impervious surface
approaches will be applied to reduce pollution, making
pervious surface a valued good. A product of the project
will be a strategic
and practitioners interested
in implementing the policy program. Faculty
advisors for the design team are Drs. Claire Welty and Royce
Dr. Claire Welty, Director of CUERE and Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, has been appointed to the National
Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, effective
July 1, 2004, for a term of three years. The Water Science and
Technology Board provides a focal point for studies
water resources under the aegis of the National Academy
of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The board's
objective is to improve the scientific and technological basis
for resolving important questions and issues associated with the
efficient management and use of water resources. The scope
of the board's work covers all dimensions of water resources, including
science, engineering, economics, policy, educational issues, and
CUERE Research Assistant Tom Vicino and Research
Hanlon won first place for Best Oral Presentation
at the The 26th Annual University of Maryland Graduate School
Conference held at UMBC on April 23, 2004. Both were presenters
the paper entitled, "The New Metropolitan Reality: Rethinking
the Traditional Model". This paper is co-authored with
Dr. John Short, Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems,
is currently under review with the Journal of Urban Affairs.
CUERE will host a meeting on Wednesday, April 28 (10 AM - 2 PM),
at UMBC in TRC 206 to discuss the Baltimore flash flood forecasting
project. Participants will include representatives from NWS, USGS,
UMBC, Princeton, Baltimore City and Baltimore County governments.
Presentations will be made on current work in Moores Run and Dead
Run, as well as planned activities in Whitemarsh Run and Gwynns
CUERE will host a meeting on May 4. 2004 (10 AM - 3
PM) in TRC 206 on behalf of the Consortium of Universities
for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)
to discuss options for proposing a Hydrologic Observatory
for the MidAtlantic region as part of a new national
Ms. Katrina Charles, Ph.D. Candidate at University of New South Wales
in Sydney, Australia, will be vising CUERE from 4/2 - 4/6/04. Ms.
will present a seminar entitled "Septics, Pathogens, Nutrients, and in Sydney's Water Supply Watershed" on
Monday, April 5, 2004 in TRC 206 at Noon.
CUERE, in collaboration with the USGS MD-DE-DC District office, is pleased
to announce that it will host the 2004
Darcy Lecture. Dr. Allen Shapiro, Hydrologist with the USGS
National Research Program, will present a lecture entitled "Ground
Water Flow and Chemical Transport in Fractured Rock: From Cores to Kilometers." The
lecture will be held on Monday 4/26/04 from
1 - 2 PM in
the new ITE building, Lecture Hall VIII, on the campus of UMBC.
Michael McGuire of the CUERE staff, working
with Chris Swan, Assistant Professor in Geography
and Environmental Systems, has been instrumental in getting
up and running CUERE's hosting of the Maryland Water Monitoring
Council's Interactive Mapping System. Please visit http://cuereims.umbc.edu/mwmc/ to access this interactive mapping system.
Bernadette Hanlon, Research Analyst with CUERE,
Professor of Economics at UMBC, have both received grants from
the Maryland Center for AgroEcology. Ms. Hanlon, in collaboration
Howland of UMD College Park, will study "The Impact of Demographic
Change and the Expansion of Urban Areas in Rural Maryland Since 1970".
Dr. McConnell, together with Dr. Margaret Walls from Resources for
the Future in Washington, DC will pursue "Markets for
Preserving Land in Maryland: Can the Role of Transferable Development
MS candidate at the New University of Science and Technology, Lisbon,
and researcher in the Geography Department at University of Lisbon,
is in residence
with CUERE for six weeks to work under the guidance of Dr. Gordon
Heisler of the U.S. Forest Service
Ecosystem Study on the interaction of the urban heat island
and local climate effects.
was recently the co-author on a paper presented at a conference in
Poland entitled "Urban Morphology Characterization to Include a GIS for Climate Purposes
Discussion of Two Different Methods" in which he describes techniques
for mapping the three-dimensional physical features of cities to
correlate to urban thermal patterns. A copy of his paper can be found here.
Dr. Ulrike Weiland, Head of the
Urban Regions at the Environmental Research Institute (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany,
will be visiting CUERE on February 18-19 to exchange information with CUERE
on projects ongoing at the two institutions and to explore the potential
for future collaborations.
Bernadette Hanlon and Tom Vicino of CUERE
in collaboration with John Short, Professor and
Chair of Geography and Environmental Systems, have submitted a paper
New Metropolitan: Rethinking the Traditional Model" to the Journal
of Urban Affairs.
Under the leadership of Andrew Miller, Associate
Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, CUERE has submitted
to the NSF Biocomplexity
competition entitled "Linked Biogeochemical Cycles in Urban Watersheds: Hydrologic
Drivers and Ecosystem Response". Co-PIs are Peter Jaffe, Jim
Smith and Bess Ward of Princeton University, Peter Groffman of the Institute of Ecosystem
Studies, Michael Paul of Howard University, Gary Fisher of the USGS, and Chris
Swan and Claire
Welty of UMBC.
Under the leadership of Brian Reed, Associate Professor
and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CUERE has submitted
a MRI proposal to NSF entitled "Acquisition of an ICP-MS and an IC by UMBC for
Use in Environmental and Human Health Research at UMBC and Howard University".
Co-PIs are Claire Welty, Upal Ghosh, Jack Gwo, Andrew Miller, Chris
Swan, Youngsinn Sohn, Ray
Timothy Topoleski, Veronica Szalai, and William LaCourse of
Pouyat and Ken Belt of the U.S. Forest Service, Peter
the Institute of
and Michael Paul, Kimberly Jones and Vernon Morris of Howard University.
Under the leadership of Dr. Kathy Szlavecz of
Johns Hopkins University, Rich
Pouyat (U.S. Forest Service) and Ian Yesilonis of
CUERE have submitted a proposal to NSF entitled: "Earthworms and Nitrogen
Claire Welty and Michael McGuire of
CUERE in collaboration with Michael Piasecki of Drexel University
a proposal to NSF entitled: "Collaborative Research (CLEANER): Cyberinfrastructure
Needs for an Environmental Field Facility in Baltimore, MD as part of an
Engineering Analysis Network".
In collaboration with the Shriver Center at UMBC, CUERE has submitted
a proposal to NSF's Informal Science Education Program entitled "Science Exploration
and Exposure at the Crossroads".
CUERE hosted the annual meeting of the Chesapeake
Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit (CESU) at the South Campus
facilities of UMBC.
Dr. Claire Welty started as the new permanent Director
of CUERE and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She was
previously at Drexel University
for 15 years, where she was Associate Director of the School of Environmental
Science, Engineering, and Policy and Associate Professor of Environmental
Engineering. Dr. Welty is a groundwater hydrologist by training and is particularly
excited to be interacting with the multidisciplinary group at UMBC and the
NSF-funded Baltimore Ecosystem Study.
Amy Rynes has been invited by Kendl Philbrick, Acting
Secretary of the MD Dept of the Environment, to participate as a
member of the Environmental
Restoration and Development Task Force, which will meet from Sept
- Dec 2003. The purpose of the group is to review Maryland's existing brownfields
and Voluntary Clean Up Program legislation and recommend legislative amendments
to spur cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated industrial