Linda A. Lalicata is an eighth year Ph.D. student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior subprogram of biology at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. In 2002 she completed her B.A. degree in biology from Lehman College. Her research involves the feeding behavior and food preferences of sunfish. She has taught Human Biology, Plant Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and basic biology to undergraduate students at Lehman College, Bronx Community, Baruch College, and is currently an adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. In 2000 she worked as an intern at the Bronx Zoo in the department of Ornithology and coordinated the intern program in 2001. She has worked extensively on the Bronx River with her mentor, Dr. Joseph Rachlin, as well as with the New York Parks Department.
Linda expects to receive her Ph.D. in the spring of 2011. She worked as a GK-12 fellow at Hillcrest High School in Queens in 2010, working with freshmen and seniors and tried to impart the importance of science and the scientific method in not only their classes but how it can be used to solve common problems. She has acted as a mentor to seniors who are planning to go to college in the fall.
She plans to continue with GK-12 as a College Now teacher and has developed an ARM that focuses on the Bronx River and how it is possible for everyone to make a difference in their community and environment. She hopes to pilot the course at Lehman College in fall 2011.