Gisselle A. Mejía

Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow

Gisselle Mejía is a Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow and part of the Provost's Fellowship (PROF) program. Gisselle's postdoctoral research looks at the effects of land-use change on tree community and root trait composition and distribution in temperate forests. Gisselle completed her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York's The Graduate Center in 2022. Her PhD research examined plant-soil interactions in urban forests. Her research interests include urban ecology, forest ecology, plant community development, soil nutrient processes, forest resource management, data analysis, socio-ecological systems, and community science. Gisselle is also an enthusiastic educator interested in critical and inclusive pedagogy, mentorship, and team science.

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  • Ph.D. City University of New York at The Graduate Center
  • M.S. Michigan Technological University
  • B.A. Case Western Reserve University

Selected Publications

  • Mejia, G.A., P.M. Groffman, A.E. Downey, E.M. Cook, S. Sritrairat, R. Karty, M.I. Palmer, and T. McPhearson. 2022. Nitrogen Cycling Drives Success in Urban Afforestation in New York City. Ecological Applications 32:e2535.

    Downey, A.E.,  P.M. Groffman, G.A. Mejía, E.M. Cook, S. Sritrairat, R. Karty, M.I. Palmer, and T. McPhearson. 2021. Soil Carbon Sequestration in Urban Afforestation Sites in New York City. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 65:127342.