Zoé Hamstead, a PhD student at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, has been awarded a highly competitive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Fellowship to fund her dissertation research.
Hamstead will receive $84,000 over two years to cover her tuition and research expenses; she is one of 105 students nationally to win the award.
The grant will support Hamstead’s research in modeling patterns of ecosystem services in New York City—critical work that addresses the high demand for scarce and often inequitably distributed environmental resources.
“I am extraordinarily honored to be given this EPA fellowship to study the social distribution of urban environmental resources that are critical to human health and wellbeing,” said Hamstead, who holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied regional water quality management. “The award is the outcome of tremendous support I have received from faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Milano over the last few years of my doctoral work.”
Timon McPhearson, assistant professor of Urban Ecology and coordinator of Environmental Science at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School, praised Hamstead for her hard work and dedication.
“We are very excited and honored that Zoé has succeeded in being recognized as one of the top science students in the nation,” he said. “This achievement is a testament to her hard work, commitment, and high-level of scholarship.”
The EPA STAR award also demonstrates the increasing national and international recognition of the interdisciplinary urban ecological education at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School.