.|  Baltimore Ecosystem Study
The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology:
 
Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities
 

 
J. Morgan Grove, Mary Cadenasso, Steward Pickett, William R. Burch, Jr., and Gary Machlis
 
Grove, J.M., Cadenasso, M., Pickett, S.T.A., Burch, W.R., Jr., Machlis, 2015. The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities. Yale University Press. New Haven and London.
 
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This book is about an interdisciplinary approach for meeting new needs for the study of cities: patch dynamics. In this book we advance patch dynamics as an approach to integrate science disciplines and practices in order to address the spatial, organizational, and temporal complexity of urban areas. We do not propose patch dynamics as a theory. Rather, we present patch dynamics as an approach towards building theories, developing methods, and advancing practice. While patch dynamics is most familiar from ecology, we believe this approach will resonate with many other disciplines and professions.
 
We view patch dynamics to have broad relevance. This book is intended for ecological and social scientists, for students who are interested in studying cities or working across disciplines and professions, and for practitioners policy makers, planners, designers, managers, and community activists who confront complex and interdependent urban issues.
 
This book is relevant to improving the connections between science and decision making. Increasingly, people recognize that complex urban issues require comprehensive approaches and understandings that involve multiple disciplines and account for space, scale, and time. Our goal is that readers of this book will gain new perspectives for how they can study, build, or manage cities.
 
We feel it is important to acknowledge what this book is not. This book is not a textbook about urban ecology. It does not try to account for and synthesize every idea, approach, or tradition. Rather, it is about an approach patch dynamics and its development that has served as the basis for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study since its beginning in 1997. Thus, this book reflects our experiences, growth, and history of developing an urban ecology research program and, frankly, our passion for all the nobility, quirks, venality, resilience, and beauty that is the history and future of the City of Baltimore, its region, and the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Visual representations are important for communicating concepts and data associated with patch dynamics. Below, we provide hi-resolution versions of the graphics from our book. In cases where we have created color versions, they are provided here. These graphics are made available for your use. In return, we ask that you include the following citation.
 
Grove, J.M., Cadenasso, M., Pickett, S.T.A., Burch, W.R., Jr., Machlis, 2015. The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities. Yale University Press. New Haven and London.
 
These figures would not have been possible without the artistry and hard work of Amy Grove, Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, Dexter Locke, Chris Boone, Michele Romolini, and Neil Bettez for all the work to produce these figures.
 
The entire collection of figures in the book is available online. You may access them here: List of Figures