Environmental Studies and Science Department News

Soil Restoration Project at Pace’s NYC Garden

Soil Restoration Project at Pace’s NYC Garden

In early April, the Pace Sustainability Committee (PSI), a student-run environmental organization, coordinated a soil restoration project in Pace University’s New York City on-campus garden.

Catching Tadpoles

Catching Tadpoles

Prof. Rubbo’s Fundamentals of Environmental Science II course spent Thursday afternoon examining the ponds on Pace’s Pleasantville campus. Students were looking for sources of pollution, and they loved catching tadpoles.

Two ESS Professors Named Periclean Faculty Leaders

Two ESS Professors Named Periclean Faculty Leaders

Environmental Studies and Science researchers and professors, Anne Toomey, PhD, and Monica Palta, PhD, have been selected as awardees of the Periclean Faculty Leadership Program (PFL) in STEM and Social Sciences.

NYC Water Justice Tour

NYC Water Justice Tour

On Tuesday, October 27, students joined Dr. Toomey on a walking tour of lower Manhattan where students, faculty, and staff were able to explore New York City’s complicated past, present, and future of water justice in lower Manhattan.

Protect Scientific Diversity

Protect Scientific Diversity

Two Environmental Studies and Science researchers and professors, Anne Toomey, PhD, and Monica Palta, PhD, are championing a call to protect scientific diversity with help from international scientists.

Pace Sustainability Initiative Wins Big

Pace Sustainability Initiative Wins Big

The Pace Sustainability Initiative won the Dean Emanuel Heller Meritorious Service Award, given to the Pace University student organization that demonstrates outstanding collective participation in University and community affairs.

Biodiversity in the Suburbs

Biodiversity in the Suburbs

Clinical Associate Professor Michael Rubbo and students Angelica Arocho ’22 and Morgan Kelly ’20 presented their research entitled “Biodiversity in the Suburbs: The Pocantico River Watershed as a Hotspot for Natural Resources” at the 2019 Student and Faculty Research Days.

Coney Island Urban Waterfront Governance

Coney Island Urban Waterfront Governance

Assistant Professors Monica Palta and Anne Toomey teamed up on a project to investigate the social-ecological dynamics of urban waterfront governance along the Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn. Various Pace students and alumni have been involved in this research and have contributed to a paper that combines the natural and social science data to tell a larger story of human-waterfront dynamics in New York City.

Defending the Hudson River

Defending the Hudson River

Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic students Christina Thomas ’19 and Margaret (Peggy) Doyle ’19 participated in an official US Coast Guard process of governance.

ESS Student-Led Paper Gets Published

ESS Student-Led Paper Gets Published

Tatyana Graham ’22, BA in Environmental Science, Brielle Manzolillo ’17, BA in Environmental Studies and Nadya Hall ’18, MA in Environmental Policy, recently had their research published in Cities and the Environment, an academic journal focused on the ecology of urban communities.

Research: From Community Science to a Connected Harbor

Research: From Community Science to a Connected Harbor

Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and her research assistants are engaging teachers and community scientists to understand the link between city-dwellers and environmental education in New York City.

Pace Policy Grad Working for Senator Charles Schumer

Pace Policy Grad Working for Senator Charles Schumer

Nicole Virgona ’18, MA in Environmental Policy, is working as the regional deputy director of Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) Hudson Valley office, sustaining the MA in Environmental Policy program’s 100 percent post-grad employment rate.

Pace’s Bee Campus

Pace’s Bee Campus

Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has become certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, joining 90 other campuses around the country. This designation was awarded based on Pace’s commitment to creating a sustainable habitat for pollinators.

Are Coyotes “Natural”?

Are Coyotes “Natural”?

Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and Environmental Science student Tatyana Graham ’22, presented a talk entitled, “Are Coyotes “Natural”? Perceptions of Coyotes in New York City” at the 19th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) on April 14 in Springfield, MA.

Professor Presents at Citizen Science Association Conference

Professor Presents at Citizen Science Association Conference

Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and Tanasia Swift, the Community Reefs Regional Manager at Billion Oyster Project, presented a talk together at the Citizen Science Association Conference in Raleigh, NC. Their talk discussed the social-cultural dynamics of two Brooklyn communities – Coney Island and Canarsie – and the role of community science in bringing New Yorkers closer to their waterfront.

Professors’ Paper Published in Ambio

Professors’ Paper Published in Ambio

Assistant Professors Anne Toomey, PhD, Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and colleagues from Lancaster University, the Bolivian Collection of Flora and Fauna, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, co-authored a paper that was recently published in Ambio about low dissemination rates among scientists and why local knowledge exchange is so important for conservation.

Food Across Borders

Food Across Borders

ESS Professor E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD, contributed to and co-edited the book, “Food Across Borders,” about geopolitics and food.

Upcoming Events

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Earth Day Tree Planting

Meet at the Nature Center to help plant a new tree on the Pleasantville campus and learn about the importance of forest conservation at this annual Earth Day event.