Senior Associate Editor
Lindsay is a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. She is based at the New York City Urban Field Station, which is a partnership between the Forest Service and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Her current research explores the dynamics of environmental governance, natural resource stewardship, and sustainability policymaking. She co-leads several long-term, interdisciplinary research projects. These include the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP), which maps the social networks and spatial territories of civic, government, and private actors working on environmental stewardship in New York City—and a dozen other locations nationally and globally. From this stewardship research, Lindsay co-curated the exhibition Who Takes Care of New York? at the Queens Museum in 2019.
Much of Lindsay’s work examines stewardship in the context of different forms of disturbance, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. She co-edited the 2019 Forest Service volume, Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis. Previously, she co-led the research of the Living Memorials Project, which examined the use and stewardship of open space post-September 11, received the 2007 EDRA/Places Award for Research, and continues longitudinally to look at community stewardship over time. She was a co-PI of the TKF-foundation funded “Landscapes of Resilience” project that studied open spaces and sacred spaces in Joplin, MO and New York City.
She jointly led the Social Assessment of NYC Parks, a partnership between USDA Forest Service, NYC Parks, and the Natural Areas Conservancy to better understand the use, value, and meaning of urban natural areas and parks. She was a member of the NSF-funded ULTRA-EX team examining changes in land cover, ecosystem services, and stewardship in New York City’s urban forest. She was also a member of the MillionTreesNYC Advisory Committee and Research and Evaluation Subcommittee. She is the author of City of Forests, City of Farms: Sustainability Planning for New York City’s Nature, published by Cornell University Press in 2017.
In addition to her research, Lindsay helps direct the Science of the Living City program as a public-facing platform for science communication and knowledge co-production for the Urban Field Station, including fellows, seminars, and artists in residence. Dr. Campbell holds a BA in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and a PhD in Geography from Rutgers University. In 2015, Lindsay won the Northern Research Station Director’s Award recognizing her accomplishments as an Early Career Scientist.