You are here: Home / Research Topics / Research Highlights / Individual Highlight

Research Highlights

Individual Highlight

Forest Service Program Mentors New York City Students in Environmental Science

Photo of Nancy Falxa Sonti shows students how to evaluate tree health in the Bronx as part of the Wave Hill mentoring program. Rich Hallett, USDA Forest ServiceNancy Falxa Sonti shows students how to evaluate tree health in the Bronx as part of the Wave Hill mentoring program. Rich Hallett, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : An innovative research mentorship with a Forest Service scientist gets New York City teens out into the urban woods, learning how to measure forest plots and quantitatively evaluate tree health across the city. The high school students have the opportunity to spend time with a Forest Service scientist, helping to make important connections between classroom science lessons and real-world applications. The program encourages students to explore career possibilities in environmental science as they transition to college.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Sonti, Nancy Falxa 
Research Location : New York City
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 657

Summary

Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, New York, selects academically achieving teens from low-income households to participate in a 15-month Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) program. Funded by the Pinkerton Foundation, this innovative internship provides a stipend to students as they take college-level environmental science coursework, learn urban forestry survey techniques, and develop an individual research project with the help of a local scientist mentor. This past year, a Forest Service scientist became a mentor, teaching workshops about urban tree health, park-user rapid assessment techniques, and statistical analysis. The scientist also helped lead a field trip to a nearby rural forest to discuss long-term ecosystem change and compare urban and rural forest dynamics.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Debra Epstein and Barry Kogan, Wave Hill