Anthony D. Cak, Ph.D.

  • Associate Director, Environmental Sciences Initiative

Anthony D. Cak, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Environmental Sciences Initiative at the ASRC. His work involves overseeing the operations and management of the Initiative, including management of laboratory facilities and work to build and foster research collaborations across CUNY.

Dr. Cak received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Indiana University-Bloomington. His dissertation focused on the impacts of deforestation and urban development on the water chemistry of small streams in the Brazilian Amazon, in and near the city of Altamira in the state of Pará. His research interests include ecosystem ecology, stream and river ecology, geospatial technology, data visualizations, and science policy and communication. He received his BS and MS in 2002 and 2005, respectively, from the University of Notre Dame.

Prior to joining the ASRC, Dr. Cak was a Program Analyst in the Integrative Organismal Systems Division of the Biological Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation, and before that, a Program Specialist in the Emerging Frontiers Division of the Biological Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation.


R. Figueiredo, A. Cak, and D. Markewitz. Agricultural impacts on hydrobiogeochemical cycling in the Amazon: Is there any solution? Water, 2020, 12, 763. DOI: 10.3390/w12030763.

J.F. Felizzola, A.D. Cak, R.d.O. Figueiredo, and M.d.O. Lima. Metals and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) of surface waters in two adjacent watersheds in the eastern Amazon. Ambiente e Agua - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Science, 2019, 14(6). DOI: 10.4136/ambi-agua.2377.

C.J. Vörösmarty, V. Rodríguez Osuna, D.A. Koehler, P. Klop, J.D. Spengler, J.J. Buonocore, A.D. Cak, Z.D. Tessler, F. Corsi, P. A. Green, and R. Sánchez. Scientifically assess impacts of sustainable investments. Science, 2018, 359, 6375, 523-525. DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3895.

C.J. Vörösmarty, V. Rodríguez Osuna, A.D. Cak, A. Bhaduri, S.E. Bunn, F. Corsi, J. Gastelumendi, P. Green, I. Harrison, R. Lawford, P.J. Marcotullio, M. McClain, R. McDonald, P. McIntyre, M. Palmer, R.D. Robarts, A. Szöllösi-Nagy, Z. Tessler, and S. Uhlenbrook. Ecosystem-based water security and the sustainable development goals. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, 2018, 18, 317-333. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2018.07.004.

B.M. Fekete, G. Kalene, and A.D. Cak. Energy footprint of urban services within building infrastructure. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering: Including Wind Energy and Building Energy Conservation, 2016, 139, 1, 011006. DOI: 10.1115/1.4035151.

R.D. Da Silva Júnior, Á.d.o. D’Antona, and A.D. Cak. Do uso e cobertura da terra à experiência etnográfica: Croquis e imagens da satélite na Amazônia rural brasileira. Etnográfica, 2016, 20, 3, 583-606. DOI: 10.4000/etnografica.4676.

A.D. Cak, E.F. Moran, R. de O. Figueiredo, D. Lu, G. Li, and S. Hetrick. Urbanization and small household agricultural land use choices in the Brazilian Amazon and the role for the water chemistry of small streams. Journal of Land Use Science, 2016, 11, 2, 203-211. DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2015.1047909. 2016.

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