Ayo Andra J. Deas is a Ph.D. student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Ayo’s research is focused on how tree growth responds to water availability over a natural environmental gradient. His evaluation of these interactions is interdisciplinary and utilizes dendrochronological and remote sensing analyses. Ayo’s current project takes place at Black Rock Forest in the Hudson Highlands Region of New York.
Originally born in Brooklyn, NY, Ayo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education and minor in Spanish from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Ayo has over 16 years of teaching experience that range from primary to higher education and holds a NYS Professional Teacher Certificate in Mathematics for grades 7-12.
Ayo is dedicated to bridging the integration gap between underrepresented communities and STEM, in order to promote the vitality of authentic inclusion by maintaining his accessibility within New York City’s primary, secondary, and higher education systems.