South Cove, Battery Park City, Manhattan, NY
I'm a socio-ecosystem ecologist. Broadly, I'm interested in:
1) the dynamics of human-modified landscapes over various spatio-temporal scales
2) understanding anthropic changes to ecosystem function
3) scaling local ecosystem processes/changes to greater landscape integrity
Specifically, I look at these central areas through two lenses:
The Dirty: changes to function and services, primarily in wetlands, in the face of anthropogenic change.
The City: concepts, planning, and issues behind urbanization, both through social structure and ecological sustainability.
I'm a big fan of soils, water, plants, and interdisciplinary research.
I recently completed my MA in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Previously, I earned my BS from the Department of Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University.
Diversity, Equity, and Justice in STEM
As a cis white man in STEM, I understand that it is not my Black, Indigenous, and colleagues of color’s responsibility to teach me about the racisms and oppressions that have long been pillars in academia, but my responsibility to understand and commit to using the privileges afforded to me to foster systemic change. Black, Indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQA+ lives matter, but that they should also not have to live in a state of constant oppression, fear, and mental anguish.