The Ashley Schiff Preserve Scholarship (ASPS) recognizes Stony Brook University undergraduate and graduate students of outstanding academic ability who demonstrate a commitment to environmental preservation through academic studies or research projects using the Ashley Schiff Preserve. This scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded annually.

The scholarship call goes out in the fall of each year. Awardees are selected in November and present their projects to the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Ashley Schiff Preserve in the late spring.

Current Recipients

Kamryn Cardali, 2022 Scholarship Recipient

“Conservation/Next Boxes for Avian Species”

Ocean Karim and Kellianne Ticcony, 2022 Scholarship Recipient

Project “Forever Wild”

Jeanai LaVita, 2022 Scholarship Recipient

Performance, recording and production of a video of “Ich wandelte unter den Baumen”

Tajrian Sarwar, 2022 Scholarship Recipient

“Honey Fungus Assessment”

Past Recipients

Elijah Berger, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“Investigating the Geological History of the Ashley Schiff Preserve.”

Isabella Betancourt, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“Translating the Friends of the Ashley Schiff Website and Outreach Material.”

Annemarie Waugh, 2020 Scholarship Recipient

Developer’s Midnight Fantasy (click here to see more)


Hogyeum Evan Joo, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

“Awareness Assessment of Ashley Schiff Park Preserve, Stony Brook University: Comparison between 2015 and 2019.”

Jay Loomis, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

A musical film piece entitled, “Ashley Schiff Preserve Seasons and Soundscapes.”

2018 jay loomis

Ashley Schiff Seasons 1: Summer Fall 2018

Ashley Schiff Seasons 2: Winter 2018

Ashley Schiff Seasons 3: Spring Summer 2019

Ashley Schiff Preserve Seasons & Soundscapes Summer Fall 2017

Ashley Schiff Preserve Seasons & Soundscapes Spring Summer 2018

Brett Keeler and Harrison Watters, 2017 Scholarship Recipients

“Human and Animal Traffic through Ashley Schiff Preserve”

2017 ashley schiffContinuing ongoing research, this study was conducted to estimate the daily amount
of human and animal traffic through the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve on Stony Brook
University campus. Utilizing four Simon’s Whitetail motion-activated cameras with
infrared night-vision, we collected time-stamped pictures capturing anything that
entered the park at the four hiking trail entrances. At these locations, human
entrance into the park was recorded in regard to group size and activity (walking,
biking, running). Two additional cameras were set up deeper into the woods to
collect more pictures of Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) after past results
predicted the park could be a refuge for deer populations. Increased park usage was
found to occur during the spring and fall semesters, and a decline in use during the
campus winter and summer intersessions. This study into the patterns and values
of visitors into the park preserve may serve well as a reference for park
management and future studies.

Andrew Clay, 2016 Scholarship Recipient

“Human and Animal Traffic through the Ashley Schiff Preserve”

Alexandrea VanLoo and Andrew Fiorenza, 2015 Scholarship Scholarship Recipients


“Evaluating Human and Animal Use of the Ashley Schiff Preserve”

Victoria Wood, 2014 Scholarship Scholarship Recipient

“The Land Use-History of the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve”

Ryan Mulqueen, 2013 Scholarship Recipient

“A Catalogue of Drosophila native to the Preserve”

Amy Jensen, 2008 Scholarship Recipient

A short documentary film about the Preserve, “Stand”

Stand: The story of the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve

Streaming video at this link

Sushma Teeglala, 2007 Scholarship Recipient

“A map of the American chestnut trees in the Preserve”