Current Lab Members
Alixandra N. Prybyla
SUMMARY: Alix hails from Cleveland, Ohio, where her love of the natural world was cultivated in the forests of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With a professional background in ecology and conservation biology, Alix has had the privilege and pleasure of conducting fieldwork all over the world: from howler monkey conservation in Belize, to shark tagging in the Bahamas. She is a strong believer in the democratization of science through citizen science research projects (an interest she brings with her to the HBC). When she's not fussing over her latest research proposal, Alix can be found diving into the fantasy worlds of books.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: Conservation in urban spaces through large-scale citizen science projects, the sociology of citizen science (i.e. how to market citizen science to a disengaged or disempowered public, how to best teach scientific materials or field techniques to citizen scientists, &c.), urban ecology and urban ecosystems, pollinator-plant relationships in cultivated metropolitan areas, pollinator-habitat relationships in cultivated metropolitan areas, using paleontology as a means to understand past extinction events and inform current conservation efforts, ground-dwelling bee life history and conservation
CURRENT FAVORITE BOOK: “Jane: A Murder” by Maggie Nelson.
CURRENT FAVORITE PAPER: “Bees collect polyurethane and polyethylene plastics as novel nest materials” by J. Scott MacIvor and Andrew E. Moore
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Joint Intern with the New York Botanical Garden
SUMMARY: Engineer in biotechnology, Julie grew up in France then had the opportunity to study and carry out projects through Europe, South America and now in North America volunteering at the New York Botanical Garden and the Prybyla Lab.
Convinced that acting locally, while having an holistic view of environmental issues, we will solve urgent matters. Conservation is a major concern she wants to tackle.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: Conservation in urban management, biotic interactions between pollinators and plants, entomology, crowd-sourced science, data management, Geographic Information Systems, marine biology, biomimicry.
CURRENT FAVORITE BOOK: Deep by James Nestor
CURRENT FAVORITE PAPER: “Bee Richness and Abundance in New York City Urban Gardens” by Kevin C. Matteson, John S. Ascher and Gail A. Langellotto.