Have you ever wondered how the surrounding environment of a park impacts its species? There are many factors that provide context to the differences between the parks we researched, such as the history of creation, the difference in socioeconomic status surrounding the parks, and urbanization.
Ever a harbor and couldn’t see past all of the tall fuzzy-topped reeds in the way? Those are Phragmites! We examined the correlation between nitrogen and carbon treatments and their height and mass.
As New York City battles rising air quality concerns, it would be helpful to use lichens, an indicator species, as a predictor for how our ecology might change in the future.
Harmful Algae Blooms (HABS), an invasive species, have long since invaded many territories through their tenacity. Through this project, we visualize based on Dataset Reports and support this evidence.
Conducted a study to explore the impact that pandemic protocol and procedure during the height of COVID-19 has had on the frequency of these sightings in New York City neighborhoods.
The 2022 Macaulay Honors College Bioblitz, allowed us the opportunity to participate in citizen science. While exploring Randalls island the Bat research scientists inspired great interest in the role bats play in New York’s ecosystem and how the threat of White Nose syndrome is affecting them. “White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is caused by a fungus known as “PD”. It attacks the bare skin of bats while they’re hibernating in a relatively inactive state. As it grows, Pd causes changes in bats that make them become more active than usual and burn up fat they need to survive the winter. Since its discovery in 2007 WNS has been causing significant decline in the bat population. Our research looks at how New York has been affected by such and the quantitative effects of the disease.
As you are walking throughout New York City, you might come across European Starlings along the way. These species aren’t native to NYC, so what caused them to migrate here?
Air pollution does its fair share of environmental destruction, although we may only see the affects of air pollution on the larger parts if the environment it’s important to focus on the smaller organisms that fall victim to air pollution.
Pollination has been essential to our crops and plants worldwide. Our research focuses on the study of Bumblebees and Honeybees and how effective they are when it comes to pollination.
The City’s plan is a great opportunity for the City to reduce inequality in neighborhoods previously underserved by green infrastructure, as well as create new sources of ecosystem services such as water absorption and reduction of particulate matter and CO2 in the air. By planting trees only in neighborhoods that make the City look good rather than benefit communities that need them, or by planting trees that don’t maximize sustainability, the City could be wasting the 136 million in taxpayer dollars that it plans to spend on its tree planting plan.