This is a first in a series of dispatches from our team on-the-ground in New York City. Elsa Youngsteadt and Lea Shell are spending the next two weeks in the Big Apple looking at urban street trees and ants in medians and city parks – they’re assessing damage from Superstorm Sandy and installing equipment and sensors to measure the consequences of the storm on urban arthropods communities and ecosystem processes. They’re live-tweeting their work at @YourWild_Life. ~HM
When people hear that this is my first trip to New York City, there is a lot of excitement – not only do I get to visit every beautiful park in this beautiful city, but I get to meet other urban ecologists and hang out in medians all day. It’s a pretty sweet deal.