Ansel Oommen

Joined: May 30, 2017 Last Active: Jun 23, 2022 iNaturalist

As an urban naturalist, a medical laboratory scientist, and a burgeoning mental health professional, I frequently travel between the natural and health sciences. With a formal background in toxicology, I am particularly interested in poisonous/medicinal plants, venomous insects, and the environmental burden of pesticides. In the past, I conducted ecological restoration projects of Forest Park's hiking trails with the Forest Park Trust and performed tree health assessments of NYC street trees with the Nature Conservancy. I am also a photographer for the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, focusing on pollinators, invasives, and agricultural pests. Nowadays, I work mainly within transfusion medicine and clinical microbiology, preliminarily IDing pathogens recovered from a wide variety of infectious processes. Within mental health, I've studied substance abuse counseling, trauma counseling, grief support, and horticultural therapy, although I do not practice yet. I am also currently a graduate entomology student.

Other interests include plant-insect relationships, particularly pollination and herbivory. I have also been rearing Lepidopterans for five years.

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