Richard Karty

Richard Karty
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology

As an ecologist I have worked in environments ranging from roadless rainforests in Borneo and Papua New Guinea, to rural Germany, suburban-sprawl Connecticut, and currently the parkland and streets of New York City. The scale of my research extends from plant populations to forest stands, watersheds and landscapes.

A common thread throughout is a dedication to the notion that nature is not something ‘out there’, separate from humans and subject to human incursion. Rather, I see people as inextricably linked with the environment in ways that fall on a spectrum from beneficial to harmful.

Accordingly, my focus is on ecology in urban areas, where human-environment interactions are complex, fascinating, and inadequately understood. I am researching the ecological effects of afforestation in the New York City park system and of city street tree stewardship, in partnership with the MillionTreesNYC initiative. In the private sector, I have served as ecologist with an environmental consulting firm specializing in ecological restoration and environmental planning and engineering.

In the field of climate change, I helped to build stakeholder consensus and communicate environmental topics to nonspecialists as consultant to the Yale Project on Climate Change, an initiative dedicated to bridging the gaps between climate science and action in the public and private sectors.
Courses Taught:
Environment and Society
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x3158


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