Out of Thin Air
This research uses essential oils from fragrant plant species to map forest succession in Prospect Park, Brooklyn—from old-growth to current and future scenarios. Forests pre-logging smelled different from today's forests, and that smell is ever-changing as forest succession and climate change march on.
This project is a sensory teaching tool to talk about the delicate complexity of our forests in a warming climate and was developed in conversation with faculty at the University of Michigan Biological Station. Funding provided by a Pratt Institute Research Seed Grant (2019-2020 academic year).