Macaulay BioBlitz is an exciting and unique educational project that provides every sophomore with an opportunity to collaborate with world renowned scientists. In a 24-hour, marathon session of research, teams of students will tally plants, animals and insects—all day and into the night! Their aim: to thoroughly measure and catalog the biodiversity of a selected New York city park or ecosystem.

Students use crowdsource technology to record and share their data, and then analyze and present their findings as part of their coursework.

BioBlitz is an amazing learning experience with real scientific data collection and valid research significance. Research is conducted by Macaulay students, and findings are published and made available for free use.


2013 Central Park in Manhattan

2014 New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

2015 Freshkills Park in Staten Island

2016 Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn

2017 Alley Pond Park in Queens

2018 Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan

2019 Green-Wood Cemetery and Gowanus Canal




Seminar 3: Science Forward

Science Forward is a new type of undergraduate science seminar, helping students to see science as a lens on the world, a way of approaching questions and challenges.

Instructor: Charles Liu
Offered by CSI
Fridays 11:00am-1:40pm
Macaulay Honors College, Classroom TBA