Alexandra Gillis began her focus on environmental issues as an undergraduate Urban Sustainability major at Brooklyn College, where she studied the connections between social,environmental, and economic systems. In the summers between semesters, she worked with The Youth Farm and The Marble House Project – non-profit farming organizations – getting hands-on experience with sustainable farm systems.
Now as a graduate student Alexandra focuses her studies on land use in New York City and how it affects the urban mosquito population. She prioritizes subjects with a high chance of government action in response to her research, taking advantage of modern tools such as ArcGIS.
She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Earth and Environmental Sciences department and a Research Assistant with RiSC.