Student Project: Build a Food Web for Central Park (Staniczenko lab)

Cities are home to more than people and rats. We share our sidewalks, gardens and parks with bees, hoverflies, squirrels and frogs. Right now, we know bits and pieces of information on which species can be found in New York and what they tend to eat when they’re here. All the pieces are there to build a gigantic food web (a complete picture of who-eats-whom)—we just need someone to put them all together.

You will go out and find books, scientific papers, and magazine articles to identify which species have been seen in Central Park and what they eat. Then you will build a database of these feeding interactions and write software to produce an image of the food web. You better like reading, but don’t worry: we’ll get you a library card.