Novem is Senior Scientist at NYC Parks and was formerly Lab Manager & Research Ecologist at the NYC Urban Field Station. She currently guides conservation, research, and monitoring priorities for the Division of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. She also leads a team of biologists who are tasked with monitoring and assessing NYC Parks’s natural resources, advising on natural resources protection and conservation, and using research and monitoring to inform planning, design & construction, and adaptive management. She continues to be a part of the NYC Urban Field Station and is working with the U.S. Forest Service, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and others on a variety of socio-ecological research projects such as the cooling benefits of vegetation in heat vulnerable neighborhoods. Although her background is in soil biogeochemistry, her projects involve rare / theatented / endangered species monitoring and protection; developing an interdisciplinary monitoring framework for shoreline features in New York State with multiple stakeholders; and assessing visitors' uses, values, and perceptions of urban green space. She sees herself as a boundary spanner -- trying to bridge the gap between research and practice and make environmental decision-making more inclusive and transdisciplinary.
Novem grew up in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand and always wanted to be an environmentalist. She holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Science from Brown University and a PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources from Purdue University.