Hayley Lewis ’21 Discovers State-Endangered Grass on Pace Campus
Photo by Hayley Lewis
Environmental Studies major Hayley Lewis ’21 recently discovered Paspalum, a NY state-endangered grass, on Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. Hayley learned about the species through a Pace-funded plant internship she completed last summer at Stone Barns Center.
Hayley photographed and reported the grass to the NYSDEC’s Natural Heritage Program, which facilitates the conservation of rare plants and animals and the reduction of the threat of invasive species to native ecosystems.
Next, Hayley hopes to collect more seeds to grow on campus to create a manageable population and seed bank.
Watch Hayley discuss her findings in the video below:
Environmental Studies student Brooklyn Flick ’24 shares her experience interning at Sustainable Westchester. “As I move forward in my college career, I have begun to desire a way to put into practice what I have been learning in my classes. Therefore, when the opportunity to work with a company called “Sustainable Westchester” in their Zero Waste division opened up, I knew it sounded exactly right; or Recycle Right as I was later told.”
The Environmental Studies and Science department is hosting a Fall Speaker Series on Environmental Science and Policy. Our kick-off event on September 29 is a virtual webinar by Dr. Susanne Moser about science-practice interaction and communication on climate change resilience.