Urban decay & what citizen scientists are doing about it!

Urban decay & what citizen scientists are doing about it!

As part of a National Science Foundation supported project, esearchers will evaluate how physical and socio-ecological characteristics of neighborhoods discourage resident management and use of the outdoor environment through the facilitation of pests, including invasive mosquito species.  This project entitled, “CNH: Urban disamenities and pests: Coupled dynamics of urban mosquito ecology and human systems across socio-economically diverse communities,” is being led by Dr. Shannon LeDeau from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  As part of the greater project, scientists will integrate ecological, environmental justice, and education theory to assess how symptoms of urban decay (e.g., empty buildings, unmanaged lots, garbage, etc.) may be both a mechanistic cause and unintended result of increased pest exposure, especially in lower socio-economic neighborhoods.

The Program in Science Learning will be:

  • Measuring resident knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors associated with controlling/creating mosquito breeding or and personal exposure.
  • Testing the efficacy of passive education and active citizen-science interventions for changing relevant behaviors (e.g., yard care, garbage removal, recreation) and attitudes about neighborhood greening projects and vacant lot care.
disturbed urban area

  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Program in Science Learning