Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science
Director of the Environmental Science Laboratory
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch is a senior lecturer at Barnard College in the Department of Environmental Science. She teaches Land-use, Bird and Plant Dynamics, Forests and Environmental Change, and Environmental Science Lab. Her Ph.D. is from NYU.
Terryanne is a palynologist and forest ecologist. Her research and teaching interests include paleoecology, effects of climate and land-use change on bird populations, soundscape ecology and digital curriculum development. Her publications have focused on the Late-glacial and Holocene vegetation, climate, and fire of the Hudson Highlands, southeastern New York as well as other sites in the Northeast USA. Other research includes habitat-based bird surveying in Black Rock Forest in order to establish long-term trends, seasonal inventories and connections between bird diversity and vegetation composition and structure. She has collaborated with the Macaulay Library of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in an effort to archive audio of habitat soundscapes and individual bird taxa at Black Rock Forest. Listen to the forest at http://blackrockforest.org/listen-forest
Dr. Maenza-Gmelch has developed and taught field-based ecology and environmental science courses for undergraduate, graduate and high school students for several years. She teaches field courses at Black Rock Forest where she developed the curriculum for and taught the first residential undergraduate course at the forest. This was followed by a graduate course in field botany and forest ecology.
Terryanne collaborated with Columbia’s CNMTL to create the Paleomodule for the Virtual Forest Initiative (http://blackrock.ccnmtl.
Maenza-Gmelch, T.E. (1997). Holocene vegetation, climate, and fire history of the Hudson Highlands, southeastern, New York, U.S.A. The Holocene 7(1): 25-37.
Maenza-Gmelch, T.E. (1997). Late-glacial - early Holocene vegetation, climate, and fire at Sutherland Pond, Hudson Highlands, southeastern New York, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Botany 75:431-439.
Maenza-Gmelch, T.E. (1997). Vegetation, climate, and fire during the late-glacial - Holocene transition at Spruce Pond, southeastern New York, U.S.A. Journal of Quaternary Science 12(1): 15-24.
Heusser, L.E., Maenza-Gmelch, T.E., Lowell, T.V. and Hinnefeld, R. (2002). Late Wisconsin periglacial environments of the southern margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet reconstructed from pollen analyses. Journal of Quaternary Science 17(8): 773-780.
Maenza-Gmelch, T. E. and Alice J. Cox (2010). A web-based paleoecology module provides a virtual palynological experience for undergraduates: Virtual Forest Initiative at Black Rock Forest. Abstracts of the 95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010), Pittsburgh, PA.
Maenza-Gmelch, Terryanne (2013). Bird Diversity in Relation to Vegetation Composition and Structure at Black Rock Forest. Black Rock Forest/Highlands Research Symposium (June, 2013). Cornwall, NY.
Maenza-Gmelch, Terryanne and Sarah Gilly (2012). Habitat-based bird monitoring in Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, NY: long-term trends and seasonal inventories, 2011. Abstracts of the 97th ESA Annual Meeting (August 5 – 10, 2012), Portland, Oregon.
Mitchell, R. S., Maenza-Gmelch, T. E., and Barbour, J.G. (1994). Utricularia inflata Walt. (Lentibulariaceae), new to New York state. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 121:295-297.
In the News
Taught by lecturer Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, “Case Studies in Land-use, Bird and Plant Dynamics” has been conducting bird population surveys this semester at Jamaica Bay, Central Park, Black Rock Forest and Sterling Forest.