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The Core of It All: From the Forest to the Concrete Jungle
The goal of this project is to develop a mathematical model to synthesize field-based observations of forest growth at Black Rock Forest (BRF), other urban forests, and satellite-based remote sensing metrics of forest health to quantify how species-specific tree growth responds to water stress over a natural environmental gradient, utilizing dendrochronology and remote sensing, to promote experiential learning for the underrepresented, inner-city youth while advancing the understanding of forest response to changes in climate and forest composition.
Ayo is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. Originally born in Brooklyn, NY, Ayo received a Bachelor of Science degree in pure Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education and a minor in Spanish from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. Ayo’s thesis involved developing mathematical models to optimize elevator wait time and sequence traffic signals. Ayo obtained a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Ayo’s thesis is titled The Effect of Manipulatives on Students’ Attitudes Towards Mathematics. Ayo has over 20 years of teaching experience that range from primary to higher education and holds a NYS Professional Teacher Certificate in Mathematics for grades 7-12. Ayo is dedicated to bridging the integration gap between underrepresented communities and STEM, to promote the vitality of authentic inclusion by maintaining my accessibility within New York City primary, secondary, and higher education systems.