Amy Karpati is an ecologist and environmental educator. Currently, she is the Director of Science and Programs at Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County, New York. Teatown Lake Reservation is a 1,000-acre nature preserve and non-profit environmental education center that seeks to inspire local communities to lifelong environmental stewardship by promoting ecological literacy. Scientific research, on-the-ground stewardship, community collaboration centered on sustainability and conservation issues, and education of K-12 students, college students, and the public is essential to this work.
Prior to her position at Teatown, Karpati worked as a conservation biologist and environmental advocate in the New Jersey Pinelands, helping to protect the essential ecosystem services and habitats of the region. She has also conducted research into the ecological restoration of urban ecosystems, specializing in plant ecology, soil ecology, and ecological mutualisms.
Karpati’s teaching in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program focuses on fostering urban sustainability through understanding and enhancing ecological function, biodiversity, and green infrastructure in cities.
Karpati holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution as well as a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, and a M.S.T. in Adolescent Education from Pace University.