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Student Research: Selected Projects
Diane Doesserich monitored the water quality in Lake Katonah (NY) for two years. From the data she developed a long-term management plan to improve lake water quality, degraded due to eutrophication.
John Clark worked with a yeast bioassay for estrogenic compounds in domester wastewater. He examined quantities of EDCs as a function of time and in incoming sewage and effluent from a sewage treatment plant.
Joanna Chisolm used GIS to examine the correlations among asthma incidence, income level, and proximity to diesel truck routes and highways in the five boroughs of New York City.
Ted Nathanson developed a survey, sent nationwide to college students, to examined the water use attitudes, perceptions, and uses across the US, all as a function of self-reported environmental knowledge. He evaluated the perceived merits of various methods of water use reduction, like desalination, conservation, and restriction of development.
Christine Bruno designed a project at the Bronx Zoo to quantify heavy metals present in the eggs of the snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) that come ashore from the Bronx River into the Zoo to nest and lay eggs. She is currently completing her MS degree in environmental science at The College of Staten Island studying the connection between soil pH and amphibian distribution in southern New York.
Pira Suthirangkul described changes during embryo development of the non-native Asia Shore crabs (Hemigrapsus sanguineus). Pira used the relationship he developed between female crab size and offspring number to predicted the reproductive output of a local population.
The following are condensed descriptions of the research interests of the core Environmental Studies faculty. Please see individual faculty websites for more complete information.
Ryan Taylor, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) - Geographic Information System research, freshwater stream processes and ecology, environmental policy and management.
Matthew Immergut (Assistant Professor) - Environmental sociology, irrational consequences of rational systems (alà Max Weber). email@example.com