Visiting Researchers in the Forest

The Forest is a living laboratory and the Garden encourages its use by visiting researchers and classes. All projects and classes need to be pre-approved and scheduled with the Manager of the Forest. Submit requests of proposed research or classes to Jessica A. Schuler. All requests should include a description of the activities including title, background, materials, methods, and hypotheses.

A list of recent visiting researchers and projects are:


Dr. Jason Munshi-South, Fordham University (2010 to present)
"Rapid Evolution of White-footed Mice in New York City's Urban Forests"

Dr. Mark Weckel, American Museum of Natural History and Dr. Chris Nagy, Mianus River Gorge Preserve (2010 to present)
"Mapping coyote habitat and dispersal corridors in the greater NYC metropolitan area "

Dr. Eric Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society (2010 to present)
''The Welikia Project''

Dr. Charles Merguerian, Hofstra University and Duke Geological Laboratory (2012-2013)
" Geology of The New York Botanical Garden"

Dr. Chanda Bennett, Wildlife Conservation Society (2011)
''Urban Bat Survey''

Dr. Craig Frank, Fordham University (2011)
''The effects of climate change on hibernation of eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus)''

Dr. Dena Vallano, Cornell University (2008)
Partitioning the relative influence of soil N, mycorrhizal associations, and direct leaf nitrogen uptake on foliar δ15N patterns along a temperate forest N deposition gradient

Dr. Catherine Burns, WildMetro, University of Maine, Earthwatch (2008-2009)
“Urbanization’s impacts on flora and fauna in the New York metropolitan region”

Graduate Students

Acer VanWallendael , Fordham University (2015)
“Epigenetic diversity of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) in North America”

Xiupeng Zhang , Fordham University (2014 to present)
“ Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles in Riparian Zone under the Effect of Urbanization”

Lea Johnson , Rutgers University (2010 to 2013)
“Long-term outcomes of urban forest restoration: Assessing trajectories in plant community ecology to improve environmental health”

Alison Cucco, Fordham University (2009 to 2011)
Urbanization effects on nitrogen cycling and plant productivity

Rosalind Becker, Fordham University (2011)
“Genetic approaches for characterizing soil microbial communities”

David Waring, Fordham University (2010-2011)
“Population dynamics of the invasive plant Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) along an urban-rural gradient”

Chris Nagy, City University of New York (2010)
“Abundance, Survival, and Landscape-Level Selection in Screech Owls in New York City”

Eric Morgan, Bartlett Arboretum (2008-2009)
Determining the Invasive Capabilities of the Exotic Tree Phellodendron amurense in Northeastern North America

Undergraduate Students

Erica Gaeta, Humboldt State University (2013).
Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Terrestrial Eastern Red-Backed Salamander

Erica Gaeta, Humboldt State University (Fordham University CSUR Program) (2013)
Filling in the Gaps: Plant Establishment After Hurricane Sandy in an Urban Old-Growth Forest.

Michelle Mathios, Fordham University (2012).
Bats of the Bronx: An Acoustic Survey

Alyssa Beasley, College of New Rochelle (Fordham University CSUR Program) (2011)
The Future of the Forest: Vegetation Change Over Time and Invasive Plant Species in an old-growth Forest

Rolando Rojas (Fordham University CSUR Program) (2011)
"New York's Melting Pot: Forest Fragmentation Effects"

High School Students

Abrahim Assaily, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx NY (2013-2014)
Correlations between macroinvertebrate populations and phosphates/nitrate levels in the Bronx River

Cherry Huang, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx NY (2013-2014)
Herbarium specimens and field observations show changes in first flowering dates for Prunus serotina and Acer rubrum within US regions.

Cindy Zhou, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY (2013-2014)
Regeneration in Forest Gap Understory at The New York Botanical Garden After Hurricane Sandy.

Megan Krause, Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY (2013)
Assessing the Plant Species, Mortality Rates, and Water Availability under the Canopies of the MillionTreesNYC Plots.

Owen Robinson, Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, NY (2012)
Impact of Leaf Species on Northeastern Macroinvertebrate Populations

Leah Buchman, South Side High School, Rockeville Centre, NY (2010 to 2012)
“Effects of biotas on pollinator Apoidea (Anthophilia) diversity.”

Francesca Giordano, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, NY (2010 to 2012)
“Increasing plant species richness by managing Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed) in an urban forest.”

Rebecca Policello, Ossining High School, Ossining, NY (2010 to 2012)
“The effects of urbanization on cutaneous bacteria ability to inhibit the threatening Chytrid fungus on eastern redback salamanders (Plethodon cinereus).”

Erik Zeidler, Bronx Science High School, Bronx, NY (2009 to 2010)
“Investigating the ecology of Chelydra s. serpentina, the common snapping turtle, in a highly urban setting.”
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