Kesley Parker

Kesley Parker photo with waterfall

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing, GIS, Microbial Ecology, Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles, Invasive Species, Soil Remediation.

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Reinmann

Kelsey was raised in West Virgina, but decided she wanted to move to New York City to get her BS at Pace University. While studying Environmental Science at Pace Kelsey worked on a project looking to characterize the metabolic impact of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on microbes in the Hudson River. During a three month internship split between the New York and Missouri Botanical Gardens her interests shifted from water to plant and soil interactions. Looking to explore this further she traveled to Costa Rica with Dr. Bill Eaton, an NSF funded microbial ecologist, to study the impacts of logging and hurricanes on the soil processes and microbial communities in Costa Rican jungles. Post-graduation she received a Fulbright Student Grant to conduct research in Zambia focusing on mediating soil after lead and zinc mining. Her research at CUNY is based at the Advanced Science Research Center with Dr. Andrew Reinmann. She has a small dog she brought back from Zambia named Mona. A bit of an adrenaline junkie, Kelsey has been skydiving, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and has swam to the edge of Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.