One of the primary reasons Jennifer Shin chose to pursue a joint degree in architecture and forestry and environmental studies at Yale University was to pursue her interest in urban ecology and how urban systems are linked to ecological systems. This summer, Jennifer will be doing just that as she collects data on ecological restoration and design sites in the greater Baltimore area. The data, which will be in the form of drawings, photos, mapping, and graphic analysis, will serve as the foundation for an urban ecology primer for designers. Jennifer will also be being using the data to look at “how urban ecological systems are also linked to social ecological systems, and how design influences the success or failure of these systems.” Jennifer will be researching with ecologist Morgan Grove, the lead researcher at the US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station. Her work is being supported by the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at Yale, which selected Jennifer as a Hixon Student Research Fellow.