Andy Cortese

2019 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Doctoral Candidate Study of mycorrhizae fungi in the forest soil RAP student, Andy Cortese from SUNY ESF, is studying the mycorrhizae fungi in the forest soil in Mianus River Gorge Preserve. The soils have developed a complicated underground network of mycorrhizal fungi that are hundreds of years old (visible […]

Zach Gajewski

2016 RAP Award Virginia Tech – Ph.D. Candidate Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus in amphibian communities Candidate Zach Gajewski, a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech, was awarded the 2016 Research Assistantship Program grant to conduct his research on the distribution of the pathogenic chytrid fungus that affects frogs and other amphibians. This fungus is […]

Geoff Griffiths

2015 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Ph.D. Candidate Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus in amphibian communities Doctoral student and 2015 RAP recipient Geoff Griffiths (SUNY ESF) launched his research this spring.  Geoff and his advisor, Prof Greg McGee, are developing techniques to restore native wildflowers to our younger forests, which are still recovering from […]

Emily Stephan

2013 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Ph.D. Candidate Sustainable Mianus River Watershed Management Plans developed with Community-based i-Tree Hydro Modeling Through urbanization we have created an “urban biogeochemistry” that involves imbalances in watershed nutrient cycles, polluted waterways, and compromised ecosystems due to adverse interactions between society and the environment. Excess and bioavailable nitrogen is of […]

Rebecca Walling

2012 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Masters Candidate Measuring the Damage Caused by Invasive Earthworms in Hemlock Forests Since colonization, people have introduced earthworms to our environment. In the northern United States, there are no native earthworms. Earthworms are popularly thought of as beneficial; fishermen use them as bait, farmers add them to their fields, […]

Kelly Duhigg

Pace Univeristy – Master’s Candidate Density, activity and movement patterns over a managed white-tailed deer herd Kelly is using camera traps to survey spatial and temporal changes in white-tailed deer populations residing within the Mianus River Gorge preserve. The goal of this project is to determine if deer management programs have reduced local deer population […]

Sheila Saia

2011 RAP Award Cornell University – Doctoral Candidate Phosphate Accumulating Organisms Under Natural Conditions Excessive phosphates can be detrimental to water ecology and water quality. Phosphate accumulating organisms (PAO) exist in soils under natural conditions and can remove excessive phosphates. Sheila’s research will seek to understand how PAO are distributed in our watershed and how […]

Suzanne Clemente

Pace University – Master’s Candidate Daily and Seasonal Activity Patterns of Coyotes in New York City ParksBiodiversity of New York City Parks Suzanne is cooperating with us on the Gotham Coyote Project.  She was the main field worker in our 2012 season, collecting more than 14,000 pictures of wildlife in New York City Parks over […]

Rachel Bricklin

2010 RAP Award Fordham University – Doctoral Candidate Impact of Fragmentation on Migratory Birds Birds can act as important environmental indicators, seed dispersers, and insect predators. Rachel’s ongoing research will provide new information about migratory bird stopover ecology to help better manage urban and suburban green spaces for species of concern.

Steve Brady

2009 RAP Award Yale University – Doctoral Candidate Road Salt Impact on Amphibians Run-off from roads brings salts (and other toxins) into wetland ecosystems that can have a negative effect on reproduction and survival of amphibian life. Steve’s research will develop a clearer understanding of how amphibians adapt to road salts. This will help managers […]