The Binghamton Urban Ecosystems Initiative seeks to study the Binghamton area as an ecosystem in which biological and human interactions are thoroughly entwined.
A symposium was held at the Binghamton University Downtown Center on August 6, 2011, to share our vision for the Urban Ecosystems Initiative and to solicit feedback and participation from the community.
Here are the slideshows from the presentations given during the morning session. PDF format.
- Introduction by David Sloan Wilson
- Ecosystem Processes by Weixing Zhu
- Biodiversity by Mark Blumler, Anne Clark, and Julian Shepherd
- Human Component by David Sloan Wilson
- Database discussion by Jim DeVona
Discussion of plans and challenges took place following the morning session presentations.
Here are the posters displayed during the symposium. Mix of PDF and PowerPoint format.
- Binghamton Birds: A Canary for Urban Ecosystems by Anne Clark, Julian Shepherd, Richard Andrus, Mark Blumler, John Scott, and Ben Eisenkop
- Database and Data Management Plan by Jim DeVona
- Design Your Own Park Competition: A Way to Empower Neighbohoods to Manage Their Own by David Sloan Wilson
- Effects of Mowing on Native Plant Biodiversity Along the Rivers of Broome County, NY by Michael Voorhees and Mark Blumler
- Enhancing Public Appreciation of Urban Wildlife through Behavioral Studies at the Cognitive Crow Exhibit, Binghamton Zoo by Clara Davie and Anne B. Clark
- Evolutionary Ecology of Japanese Knotweed by Mark Blumler
- Finding the green in Cities: The Botanical Biodiversity of Urban Greenspaces by Latisha T. Williams
- Geographic Patterns of Introduced and Invasive Plant Species by Erika Chin and Mark Blumler
- Governing the Binghamton Commons: Rethinking Governance in our Region from a Scientific Perspective by David Sloan Wilson
- Nitrogen Biogeochemistry in the Binghamton Urban Ecosystem by Stephanie Craig, Ben Eisenkop, Michael MacAllister, and Weixing Zhu
- The Science of our love for nature: A survey of biophilia research by Vicki Darling and Constance Woodman
- The Urban Village: A city-university initiative by Robert Kadar
- YardMap courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Posters were displayed in the lobby of the Binghamton University Downtown Center.
Other materials mentioned during presentations or topic discussions.
- Downtown Binghamton River Walk species list (Excel spreadsheet)
Attendees examined the diversity of plant species present along Binghamton’s downtown River Walk.
- “Ecology of Binghamton examined in study” – Gannett Media (Binghamton Press &amp;amp; Sun Bulletin, Elmira Star-Gazette)
- “Being One With Nature” – WBNG News
Interested in participating in the Urban Ecosystems Initiative at any level? Let us know by email at email@example.com.