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Final Report Presentations of the 2021 Tibor T. Polgar Fellows


On August 24th, 2021, the 2021 Tibor T. Polgar Fellows presented final reports on their research via live webinar.

The Tibor T. Polgar fellowship program provides support for a summer of research to graduate and undergraduate students focusing on the physical, chemical, biological, and public policy realms of the Hudson River Estuary. Click here to learn more about the fellowship program.

2021 Polgar Fellows

Nicole Steinback, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: The Outreach of the Latinx Community in Order to Promote the Preservation of the Hudson River Estuary . Supervisors: Valerie A. Luzadis and Rebecca Houser

Royall McMahon Ward, Fordham University: Proposal to Explore the Possible Link of Microplastic Exchange Between the American Horseshoe Crab and the Western Hemisphere Shorebirds through Horseshoe Crab Eggs in Jamaica Bay . Supervisor: Mark Botton

Emma Butzler, Marist College: Understanding the Geologic and Economic Controls on Drain Field Effectiveness of Septic Systems in Hudson River Tributaries . Supervisor: Zion Klos

Luana Chociai, New Jersey City University: Examining the Interference of Fouling Organisms on Crassostrea virginica Reproduction and Health . Supervisor: Allison M. Fitzgerald

Maximillian Brown, Queens College, CUNY: Comparing phytoplankton assemblage responses to nitrogen form following COVID-19 stay-at-home orders from the East River to Long Island Sound . Supervisor: Dianne Greenfield

Ashley Smith-Krudener, Queens College, CUNY: Investigating the Influence of Sediment Resuspension on the Bacterial Water Quality of the Harlem River . Supervisor: Gregory O’Mullan

Beryl Kahn, Graduate Center of CUNY: Effects of Coastal Acidification on Jamaica Bay Salt Marsh Nutrient Cycling . Supervisor: Chester B. Zarnoch