YIGAL GELB

 


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Professional Experience:

 

New York City Audubon, New York, NY                                                                                                                          2004-2007

Program Director 

                                                                                                               

·         Directed a six-person staff; hired staff and consultants; directed media and PR efforts; managed a $200,000 budget.

·         Principle fundraiser for all major programs, with 15 grant proposals accepted and funded.

·         Created and managed more than 100 trips and classes annually, including large boat trips and regional bus trips.

·         Developed and implemented the HeronCam and HawkCam, webcams that sent live images of nesting birds to the website.

·         Designed and supervised an aerial research program aboard Fujifilm blimp to chart egret flight lines in NYC region.

·         Published scientific research, including paper about bird collisions in an urban environment.

                                                                                                                                      

Department of Parks & Recreation (NRG), New York, NY                                                                                 Summer 2004

Vegetation Specialist   

 

·                     Coordinated a survey of vegetation coverage in Highbridge Park, a 120-acre park in Manhattan.

·         Utilized GPS and GIS to create a digitized map of vegetation units to identify areas of management concern.

 

New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY                                                                                                             Spring 2004

Research Assistant    

 

·         Conducted field research in New York Botanical Garden’s 40-acre forest.

·         Measured forest regeneration rates (using a plot matrix) and animal activity levels (using transects).                             

 

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY                                                                                               2000-2003

Assistant Economist – Domestic Research    

 

·         Conducted in-depth economic research at the regional and national levels utilizing advanced statistical techniques.                               

·         Co-authored and presented a paper that documented and explained neighborhood revitalization in NYC in the 1990s.

 

Temple Sinai, Rochester, NY                                                                                                              1996-2000

Youth Group Leader and Teacher  

 

·         Prepared and led youth activities, including parent-student activities.

·         Developed and taught school curricula and evaluated student progress for grades 4-12.

 

 

Military Service:

 

Paratroopers, Israeli Defense Force, Israel                                                                                                          1991-1994

 

Commander of Navigation                                                          

 

·         Directed and supervised all aspects of soldier training in navigation, survival, and reconnaissance.

·         Overhauled training program to include all types of terrain and new, complex field tasks. 

 

Platoon Commander                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

·         Commanded soldiers during routine training and in active duty.

 

 

Education:

 

Columbia University,                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), New York, NY                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                          

Master of Public Affairs in Environmental Science and Policy. May 2004

Cumulative GPA 4.0/4.0.

 

Thesis Project:Progress Toward Developing Sustainability Criteria for the Clean Development Mechanism.” A 14-member

team thoroughly analyzed the efficacy of the CDM in developing countries around the world, submitting a report to the United

Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

 

Workshop in Applied Policy Analysis: A two-semester exploration of the science of climate change, market-based solutions,

and proposed legislation. Specific focus on Senate bill S. 139 - the Climate Stewardship Act.

                                                                          

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, May 2000.                                                                                                                                Summa Cum Laude

Cumulative GPA 4.0/4.0.

 

William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, Rochester, NY

 

Certificate in Management Studies with emphasis on Finance/Accounting. May 2000.

 

 

Honors and Awards:             

 

Phi Beta Kappa

Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics)

 

 

Additional Information:

 

American and Israeli citizenship.

Fluent in Hebrew and Spanish.

Extensive nature-related international travel, such as Ngorongoro (Tanzania), Serengeti (Kenya), and Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).

 

 

Publications:

 

Gelb, Y. and N. Delacretaz. 2007. Windows and Vegetation: Primary Factors in Manhattan Bird Collisions. Northeastern Naturalist.

Manuscript in review.

 

Gelb, Y. and N. Delacretaz. 2006. Avian Window Strike Mortality at an Urban Office Building. The Kingbird 56 (3): 190-198.

 

Gelb, Y. and N. Delacretaz. 2006. The Role of Windows and Vegetation in Manhattan Bird Collisions. New York City Audubon.

New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Colony at Redfern Houses: Challenges and Solutions. New York City Audubon.

New York, NY.

 

Nagy, C. and Y. Gelb. 2006. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Project: Conserving Wading Birds through Citizen Science and

Community Education.
Poster presentation.
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance conference. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. and N. Delacretaz. 2006. Bird Collisions with Glass in an Urban Environment: The Problem and Possible Solutions.

Poster presentation.
American Museum of Natural History conference. New York, NY.

 

Elbin, S., A. Bernick, K. Parsons, P. Kerlinger, Y. Gelb, and A. Harari. 2006. New York City Audubon’s Harbor Herons Surveys:

A Summary of TwentyYears of Nesting in the New York/New Jersey Harbor. Poster presentation. American Museum of Natural

History conference. New York, NY.

 

Willow, G., Y. Gelb, C. Yuhas, and L. Bartovics. 2005. Guide to Harbor Herons and Other Colonial Waterbirds of the NY – NJ

Harbor Estuary. Brochure.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. NYC Audubon’s 2004 Harbor Herons Shore Monitoring Program: Tracking the Harbor Herons from Nesting

Sites to Foraging Grounds.
The Tidal Exchange. NY – NJ HEP Newsletter. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2004. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Shore Monitoring Program: Data and Findings. Annual report. New York City

Audubon. New York, NY.

 

Bram, J., J. Edgerton, Y. Gelb, A. Haughwout, D. Lagakos, M. McConnell, and J. Orr. 2003. Neighborhood Revitalization in

New York City in the 1990s.
Paper submitted to Federal Reserve Bank conference. Washington D.C.

 

 

Presentations:

 

Gelb, Y. 2007. Urban Conservation for the 21st Century – The NYC Story. Guest speaker at New York University’s Environmental

Education Center. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. A Bird’s Eye View of Stuyvesant Cove Park. Guest speaker at Friends of Stuyvesant Cove Park annual meeting. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Monitoring Program: From Nesting Colonies to Feeding Grounds. Guest Speaker at Coastal

Marine Resources Center’s Lecture Series. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. The Harbor Herons Conservation Plan. Oral Presentation to NY – NJ HEP Management Committee. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. Introduction No. 375 – In Relation to Protecting the Purity of the New York City Drinking Water Supply. Testimony before

City Council of the City of New York. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. Preparing the Harbor Herons Conservation Plan. Oral presentation to the NY – NJ HEP Habitat Workgroup. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2006. Creating a Conservation Plan for the Harbor Herons. Oral presentation to Southern New England Long – Island Sound

Waterbird Group. Westbrook, CT.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. NYC Audubon’s Urban Conservation Programs: Making Our City Permeable to Wildlife. Guest Lecturer at Eco

Metropolis conference. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Monitoring Program: From Nesting Islands to Feeding Grounds. Guest speaker at Gateway

National Recreation Area’s Annual Lecture Series. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Monitoring Program: From Nesting Islands to Feeding Grounds. Oral presentation.

Colonial Waterbirds of NY – NJ conference. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. Introduction No. 626 – In Relation to Protecting the Purity of the New York City Drinking Water Supply. Testimony

before City Council of the City of New York. New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons Project. Guest speaker at New York University’s Environmental Education Center.

New York, NY.

 

Gelb, Y. 2005. The Significance of Pale Male. Oral presentation to City University of New York Students, part of an environmental

case study competition. New York, NY.

 

 

Committees:

 

Bird-safe Glass Working Group, Science Committee, Chair                                                                                        2005 - 2007

 

The Harbor Herons Subcommittee (New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program), Co-chair                       2006 - 2007

 

Wetlands Transfer Taskforce, Special Committee for the City of New York, member                                            2006 - 2007

 

New York City Audubon Conservation Committee, New York, NY, member                                                           2004 - 2007

 

Manhattan Waterfront Parks Coalition, New York, NY, member                                                                                2006 - 2007

 

The Nature Network, New York, NY, member                                                                                                                2005 - 2007

 

The Habitat Workgroup (New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program), member                                           2005 - 2007

 

Hudson River Park, Estuarine Sanctuary, Technical Advisory Committee, New York, NY, member                    2006 -2007