Environmental Studies and Science

The blog for and about the Department of Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University

Listen on JPR: Cougars As Ecosystem Engineers

New research from Panthera shows the role pumas play as ‘ecosystem engineers.’ Listen to this interview with Panthera Puma Program Director Dr. Mark Elbroch and Pace University MS in Environmental Science graduate student Josh Barry ’19.

Listen on Cal Ag Roots: Podcast 10: Política del Mole/The Politics of Mole

Hear Pace Prof. Melanie DuPuis and several other food scholars discuss shifting to a “new model for food movement work that builds political and community strength from difference and diversity.”

Read on Panthera: Fab Four: Beetles, Big Cats, Bears and Biodiversity

Joshua Barry ’19, has recently published a paper entitled, “Pumas as ecosystem engineers: ungulate carcasses support beetle assemblages in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem“, co-authored with fellow Pace student Anna Kusler ’18, and Pace faculty members Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and Melissa Grigione, PhD. Joshua wrote a blog post discussing the paper originally published in Oecologia in which the authors highlight the ecosystem engineering role of pumas for beetle communities.

Pace Sustainability Initiative: The Club That’s Changing Pace

Pace Sustainability Initiative (PSI) is a student organization that is spearheading sustainable changes on Pace University’s NYC campus.

The Story of a Lit Review

One of the major struggles in undergraduate research involves mentoring a student through an adequate lit review. I want to tell a story about a lit review gone right.

The Pocantico River Watershed Alliance Meeting Focuses on Water Quality Monitoring

On September 12, 2018, Jen Epstein from Riverkeeper presented research on water quality in the Hudson River Watershed regarding wastewater and micropollutants.

Zero-Waste Project

My summer research, supervised by Dr. DuPuis, was focused on the state of food waste management in urban and suburban areas. The goal is to identify the barriers to properly managing food waste and achieving zero-waste goals. We identified the main players in food waste collection, food waste recycling (composting), and some sources of food waste production.

How Do Bronx Residents View Their Natural Surroundings?

This summer, I worked on a project entitled “How Do Bronx Residents View Their Natural Surroundings?” with Dr. Toomey. My goal was to gain further insight into how Bronx residents view their urban surroundings in terms of nature and wildlife through park surveys and interviews.

The Impact of Agriculture on Water Quality in Southern Trinidad

From June 10th – July 30th, I conducted field work in Southern Trinidad to find out the impact of agriculture on water quality, specifically how agricultural runoff contributes to microbial and nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus) pollution, and impacts macroinvertebrate communities (an ecological indicator for overall ecological integrity).

Read on Gotham Coyote: How Do New Yorkers Perceive Coyotes? Interview with a Gotham Coyote Social Scientist: Brielle Manzolillo

Article reposted from Gotham Coyote. This interview was conducted by Olivia Allison Asher, intern with the Gotham Coyote Project and author of The Science Notebook Blog.

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