MEET OUR 2023 UHI FELLOWSHIP COHORT

This group of fellows are coming to us from Greenpoint and various neighborhoods in Queens. With a variety of backgrounds and experiences; they will be studying the impacts of Urban Heat Island on the Maspeth, Queens IBZ. Their research will support NCA revitalization efforts, finding new ways to assist industry and worker health in the IBZ.

Alexis Czakjowski

Alexis is an undergraduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and English at Hunter College. Passionate about combating both sources and effects of climate change in urban spaces, she is an advocate for green infrastructure like green roofs and encourages participation in local stewardship events such as street clean-ups and tree-plantings to create thriving communities–both of the social and ecological kind. She hopes to utilize a combination of writing proficiency and scientific understanding to clearly communicate research and data to general audiences and help keep the public informed about our ongoing environmental crisis.

Darius Korin

Darius Korin was born and raised in Greenpoint Brooklyn. He has always had a passion for ocean science and environmental conservation. Early on in high school, he got involved with marine science and ocean conservation initiatives focusing on coral restoration and biodiversity studies in the Caribbean. Later, he turned his attention locally to working with the Billion Oyster Project and establishing an oyster research station in the East River. He also has experience organizing with local environmental justice movements helping coordinate protests and actions targeting some of the world’s biggest financiers and polluters. Currently, Darius is entering his sophomore year at Dalhousie University where he hopes to achieve his Bachelor of Science in marine biology.     

Edsel Peralta

Edsel Peralta is a recent college graduate who is eager to embark on his professional career. With his professional communication skills, he gains great pleasure from socializing while also maintaining a productive work environment. Having spent his entire life in New York City, while frequently exploring international destinations, his passion for Art, History, Architecture and the environment has led him to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Looking towards the future, Edsel aspires to build on his research this summer at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York this upcoming fall, where he will pursue a Master’s degree in Architecture.

Mohamed Nassar

Mohamed is an 18 year old student who grew up in Astoria, NY. He will be entering college next semester to study biomedical engineering after recently graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School. He hopes to get a better understanding of the benefits of green infrastructure, especially green roofs in IBZs like Kingsland Wildflowers. He is dually interested in analyzing the gray infrastructure in Maspeth’s IBZ and seeing where improvements to green infrastructure can be made or where new green infrastructure can be implemented to benefit the area. 

Sophia Zhao

Sophia Zhao is a civil engineering student with a focus in water resources studying at the Cooper Union. She grew up in Flushing and currently lives in Sunnyside, Queens. Working as a part of the Cooper Union Solar Decathlon team, which won Commercial Grand Prize and first place in the Educational Building division of the Design Competition for their design for an addition and retrofit of the New York Harbor School Campus, she has gained experience in working in multidisciplinary teams to design towards net-negative goals and LEED standards. She is interested in the use of socio-hydrological modeling to better address the interplay between the engineering disciplines and the communities they serve in the construction of resilient and environmentally conscious infrastructure. 

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