Research Track

Session 2 - Green Infrastructure in New York City: Case Studies and Local Expertise

NYC’s Green Infrastructure Research & Development Project – Monitoring Strategy and Protocols

John McLaughlin, Managing Director, Office of Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Research & Development, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Framework for a Performance-Based Green Roof Incentive Program in New York City

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Tyler Carson, Water Resources Engineer, Arcadis

Dr. Tyler Carson is a Water Resources Project Engineer at Arcadis in NYC. He has worked on a wide range of projects related to green infrastructure, site drainage, conveyance, coastal flood protection, and climate adaptation. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.

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Melissa Enoch, Program Manager for Private Incentives, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Melissa Enoch is Program Manager for Private Incentives with NYC Department of Environmental Protection, focusing on incentivizing green infrastructure on private property and other stormwater planning and policy efforts. Melissa holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.P.A., from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

The New York City Green Roof Researchers Alliance: A Case of Cross Disciplinary Collaboration

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Dustin Partridge, Green Roof Program Manager & Ecologist, NYC Audubon

Dustin Partridge is an ecologist and the Green Roof Program Manager for New York City Audubon. Dustin is currently the Chair of the New York City Green Roof Researchers Alliance and is completing his dissertation titled Urban Green Roofs as Wildlife Habitat at Fordham University.


Session 13 is approved for 1.5 LA CES, 1.5 AIA CES, 1.5 BOMI CPDs, 1.5 CNLA CEUs, and 1.5 RCI CEHs.

This session has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from ASLA and RCI.

Session 8 - Using Biodiversity to Build Habitats

Transmissivity of Vining Green Walls; Evaluation of Extinction Coefficient for Various Latitudes

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Arta Yazdanseta, Assistant Professor of Environmental Technology, New School University

Dr. Arta Yazdanseta is an assistance professor of environmental technology at The New School University. She received her doctoratal degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She investigates the thermal impact of green walls on building energy performance with a focus on proving early-design-phase decision making tools for practitioners.


The little things that run the world: soil fungal communities on NYC green roofs

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Jessica Hoch, Masters Student, Columbia University

Jessica Hoch is a masters student in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Currently, she is working on a project about soil microbial community composition and how plant-microbial interactions may affect the benefits provided by green roofs

Session 13 is approved for 1.5 LA CES, 1.5 AIA CES, 1.5 BOMI CPDs, 1.5 CNLA CEUs, and 1.5 RCI CEHs.

This session has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from ASLA and RCI.

Session 14 - Emerging Green Roof Research

Current and Potential Uses of Hospital Greenroofs

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Arjun Viray, Student, Portland State University

I am a senior undergraduate at the Honors College in Portland State pursuing a major in environmental science. Through the BUILD EXITO program, I have had the opportunity to research greenroofs in Dr. Olyssa Starry’s lab.

Biochar improves runoff water quality from green roof plots

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Alicia Goldschmidt, MSc Student - Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati Biological Sciences

Alicia Goldschmidt is a Master's student in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati under the advisement of Dr. Ishi Buffam. Her thesis examined the use of biochar, a type of activated charcoal, as a soil amendment in green roof substrates and effects on vegetation, nutrient retention, and water retention.

Trials and tribulations of plant diversity - new plants appropriate for green roof use and benefits of mixed communities


Julie Razryadov, PhD Student, Pennsylvania State University

My name is Julianna Razryadov. I am completing a PhD in Plant Sciences in Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. I am studying the development of vegetation on green roofs with an eye to ecosystem development and evolution of plant communities over time. My expertise lie in generalized plant knowledge within systems with a specialty in specific green roof research (hydraulics, nutrient use, root growth, and energy balance modeling). I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and general Biology. Here at Penn State, in addition to my degree, I'm on the board of the community garden and I try to maintain a close connection with food systems and sustainability movements throughout the city of State College, PA.

Session 13 is approved for 1.5 LA CES, 1.5 AIA CES, 1.5 BOMI CPDs, 1.5 CNLA CEUs, and 1.5 RCI CEHs.

This session has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from ASLA and RCI.

Session 20 - Plant Studies with Green Infrastructure: Safety and Integration

Can houseplants improve indoor air quality by removing CO2 and increasing relative humidity (RH)

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Curtis Gubb, PhD Student, University of Reading

Curtis is a PhD student at the University of Reading (UK), investigating houseplants and indoor air quality. He has a keen interest in biophilia and particularly how houseplants can remove harmful indoor pollutants such as CO2, NO2 and O3.

Safety issues of vegetative roofs and façades: what is missing in the standards?

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Elena Giacomello, Architect, PhD, Università Iuav di Venezia

Architect, PhD in Building technology with an experimental thesis on hydrologic performance of vegetative roofs. Since 2011 she is Adjunct professor and research fellow at Università Iuav di Venezia She collaborates with the CTBUH – Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat research office for the topic of vegetative technologies

Determining PV efficiency and shading benefits in PV-integrated Green Roofs: an analysis of two plant communities

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Chantelle Halvorson, Office Coordinator, Research Student at CAECenter for Architectural Ecology

I am a Geography and Environmental Studies graduate (University of Victoria) now studying Architecture and Building Technology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) while working at the Center for Architectural Ecology (CAE). My background is in environmental impact assessment and, most recently, Solar Energy and Green Roofs. I currently work at AES, an electrical engineering firm in Victoria BC.

Session 20 is approved for 1.0 LA CES, 1.0 AIA CES, 1.0 BOMI CPDs, 1.0 CNLA CEUs, and 1.0 RCI CEHs.

This session has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from ASLA and RCI.

Session 26 - Designing Green Infrastructure for Biodiversity

Conserving Urban Biodiversity With ‘Ecomimicry’ Extensive Green Roofs

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Dr. Caroline Nash, University of East London

Dr Caroline Nash works in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of East London. Her PhD research investigated innovative green roof solutions designed to support biodiversity threatened by redevelopment of brownfield habitat mosaics. She works on the EU Connecting Nature project, developing mechanisms for upscaling nature-based solutions in cities

Wild bees at home on the High Line

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Sarah Kornbluth, Field Associate, American Museum of Natural History

Sarah Kornbluth is a bee biologist and Field Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Her interests include exploring bee community dynamics in a variety of human-effected ecosystems and creating support for native bees in human-managed landscapes.


Corey Smith, Museum Specialist, American Museum of Natural History

Corey Smith is a Museum Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History.  He is primarily interested in the natural history of bees and is currently exploring the processes and mechanisms that allow corbiculate bees to transition from egg to first instar larvae.

Maryanne Stubbs, Gardener on the High Line, High Line

Maryanne Stubbs is a gardener on the High Line. She leads the Wildlife tours in the park and is interested in the ecology of place in all its forms.


Nicole De Feo, Planning and Design Manager, GRP, Friends of the High Line

Nicole De Feo is a Green Roof Professional and Planning and Design Manager at Friends of the High Line. She is interested in the intersections between the built and natural environment, and the potential of small urban spaces to have positive ecological impacts.

Session 26 is approved for 1.5 LA CES, 1.5 AIA CES, 1.5 BOMI CPDs, 1.5 CNLA CEUs, and 1.5 RCI CEHs.

This session has received Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) designation from ASLA and RCI.