Antonio Rodriguez – Zarnoch Lab

My name is Antonio Rodriguez, and I am an incoming senior student at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, New York. I live in Queens, New York, and previously worked in the West Village of Manhattan in the restaurant industry. I am currently studying for a bachelor's in marine environmental science, with my minor being Marine Biology. My program focuses on the environmental and chemical reactions that take place within the world’s oceans and atmosphere. My minor has allowed for further specializations into zoological research which I hope to focus on in the future. This summer I will be working with Dr. Zarnoch from Baruch College with a primary focus on urban salt marsh ecology and sustainability. In my free time I enjoy reading, museums, cooking, spending time with family & friends and going out dancing. I am extremely excited to be able to work with like-minded scientists and protégés this summer to better understand our urban environments.

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Species Interactions Poster & Presentation

BUEE Pres _ 2023 Summer Research BUEE Pres _ 2023 Summer Research

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Private: MY IDP


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Private: Urban Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is a modern phenomenon following industrialization. The privatization of all markets encourages individuals to intrinsically operate from an individualistic perspective. The societal benefits as discussed within the article, of fostering a sense of community and creating opportunities for education and growth are negated when there is an oversaturation of hives within a small area. As a greater population of people purchase and cultivate their own hives, they further isolate themselves from the surrounding community. This saturation can create increased competition for nutrients, exacerbate the spread of disease amongst individuals and across hives of overlapping territories. These issues are solely from anthropogenically influenced factors, and do not account for the ecosystem derived issues that may arise. 

Most other bee species and pollinators are solitary, and therefore are far less productive and demanding on their native environments as opposed to the invasive European honey bee. These species may be experiencing significant decline in numbers or availability as they are pushing pushed from lack of resources. I agree with the authors of the article proposing the removal, restriction, or liquidization of many hives, into community based bee-keeping. A “Queen,” may be able to run this portion of the facility and work with apprentices who are passionate about conservation of bees and other pollinators, and wish to either educate youths or aid in sustainability practices. Followed or operating a portion of volunteers, youths, or other programs to promote a wide-sweeping community based effort. While the current effort may be mismanaged or overindulged, these issues do not exist within a vacuum, and can be ameliorated with combined efforts and cooperation from literate scientists and surrounding communities. 

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Private: RCR Certificates

RCR Human RCR Social and Behavioral RCR Human

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