Trent Wacaster

Wildlife Tech Class of 2020Putnam Valley High SchoolMentor: Zach Gajewski (Virginia Tech) Project: Anuran diversity and pathogen load in MRG vernal pools Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Trent was mentored by RAP student, Zach Gajewski, who is studying the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) that is infecting amphibians worldwide. Zach is focusing on how existing microbial communities […]

Chris Meng-Killeen

Wildlife Technician Class of 2020 Irvington High School Project name: Activity patterns of mammal communities in NYC parks Project Status: Completed Project Description: Chris worked on the Gotham Coyote Project, examining potential effects that newly arrived coyotes had on the activity patterns of other species. Using nearly 500 thousand pictures from our camera traps located throughout […]

Erin McKenna

Wildlife Tech Class of 2017High School for Environmental StudiesMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Variability in Detection of Coyotes in New York City Parks and Implications for Research Project Status: Completed Project Description: Since 2012, camera traps have been deployed in 10 parks in New York City to study the occupancy dynamics of Canis latrans (eastern […]

Signe Forsingdal

Wildlife Tech Class of 2016Scarsdale High SchoolMentor: Nicole Fusco (Fordham) and Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: The Effect of Habitat Fragmentation on the Movements of Eurycea bislineata Project Status: Completed Project Description: Steam salamanders, such as the two-lined salamander Eurycea bislineata, are important members of the terrestrial and aquatic food webs. They can be used as indicators of […]

Isabela Yepes

Wildlife Tech Class of 2018Carmel High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Wetland functional assessment in the Mianus River Watershed Project Status: Completed Project Description: There is extensive evidence that natural wetlands contribute to ecosystem biodiversity and natural improvement of water quality which can impact the drinking water of a watershed (Beam, 2004; Alho, 2005). Specifically, the health […]

Monika Ryczek

Wildlife Tech Class of 2018High School for Environmental StudiesMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Using count (N-mixture) models to model habitat and socioeconomic factors as predictors of coyote site use in NYC Project Status: Completed Project Description: Coyotes have now colonized several parks in the borough of the Bronx, the only mainland portion of NYC, and are poised […]

Will Cranier

Wildlife Tech Class of 2019Hackley SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus outbreak in MRG’s amphibian community Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Will Cranier (Hackley School) was mentored by Zach Gajewski, a Ph.D. student from Virginia Tech and a recipient of our Research Assistantship Program grant. Zach and Will are studying the distribution […]

Joshua Amir

Wildlife Tech Class of 2019Ardsley High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Impacts of deer on red oak seedlings in a managed forest Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Josh Amir (Ardsley High School) monitored red oak seedlings for two years, and, combined with data from 2015 and 2016, estimated survival rates for young trees in our forest. Josh […]

Will Maynard

Wildlife Tech Class of 2019Brunswick SchoolMentor: Budd Veverka (MRG) Project: Exurban/Suburban Black Bear Occurrence and Activity in Westchester County (NY), Putnam County (NY), and Fairfield County (CT). Project Status: Complete Project Description: Will Maynard worked on our black bear study, and compared where we photographed bears and where people reported seeing bears to predictions of bear distribution […]

Alex Golden

Wildlife Tech Class of 2018Blind Brook High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Activity patterns of mammals in Bronx, NY Parks vs. Mianus River Gorge Preserve, Bedford, NY Project Status: Completed Project Description: Urban environments can alter the behavior of animals in a myriad of ways. In this study, the effects that urban environments have on the temporal […]