Third Annual Long Island Natural History Conference















The power of networked ecological initiatives for climate change research and education

Kerissa Battle, President, CEO Community Greenway Collaborative, Inc.

The keen motivation of individuals and communities to know their bioregion (and the increasing use of mobile technology) have enabled the growth of national databases and social networks capable of long-term monitoring activities to detect and understand the effects of climate change on ecosystems. What happens when we network these initiatives and leverage their capacity and outreach?

The New York Phenology Project (NYPP) is a regional initiative that utilizes a national open source data platform and validated protocols to develop networked phenology monitoring focused on detecting climate and urbanization impacts on plants and pollinators along an urban to rural gradient. Populated by a broad array of partner sites including universities, schools, research stations, museums, nature preserves, education centers and more, the NYPP protocol is standardized across sites and implementation of each program differs based on the specific missions of the organizations. Can Long Island join this effort? This talk examines the ingredients essential to a successful networked climate change monitoring initiative and how to get started.

Kerissa Battle ( is an accomplished not-for-profit executive and entrepreneur, Kerissa has extensive experience in environmental research and STEM education. She founded and is leading several innovative citizen science initiatives focused on phenological data collection and evaluation (see, for example, ( She has also catalyzed emergent ecological initiatives with partners like The National Wildlife Federation, The Cary Institute, and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge among many others. Kerissa has worked as a teacher, Education Director, project manager and field biologist for several conservation-based organizations and has developed, evaluated and implemented science, environmental and teacher training programs in multiple university and K-12 settings. Her PhD research and action-based work through Community Greenways Collaborative are focused on catalyzing community-based plant and pollinator conservation and restoration, urban green initiatives and citizen science network implementation and evaluation.