Marielle Anzelone is an urban ecologist focusing on people's connections to nature & how design, education, and government can nurture this relationship.


She is the founder of NYC Wildflower Week – an organization that produces programming to engage urbanites with the wilds of the Big Apple.

Marielle is a regular contributor to The New York Times. She is also advancing local biodiversity policy. A bill that she helped develop, supporting native plants in public landscapes, became law in 2013.

Her current project is PopUP Forest: Times Square. A slice of real nature in the heart of New York City, this lively green space will support wildlife and delight urbanites – and then disappear. Target date May 2017.

For nearly seven years she was Plant Ecologist with NYC Department of Parks & Recreation - conserving, managing and restoring the native flora of New York City.  Marielle received an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has lived among the plants of the New Jersey-New York metro area nearly all of her life. Home is now Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons, not far from Prospect Park.

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