ON JUNE 30, 2009, THE BRI PROGRAM OFFICE WILL BE CLOSING DOWN TEMPORARILY. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF BRI AND THE BRI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ARE WORKING TO REINSTATE STAFF AND WE HOPE TO BEGIN PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY CHANGES TO THE UPCOMING FALL 2009 BRI BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES OR TO THE 2010 NORTHEAST NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE, SO PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
Archive of Past Lectures
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Biology and Conservation Lecture Series.
Double-crested Cormorants: Potential Impacts on Biodiversity in the New York Harbor
Presenter: Dr. Susan Elbin, New York Audubon
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Overview: Twenty years ago, approximately 1,000 breeding pairs of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) were documented on two islands in the New York Harbor; now there are approximately 1,300 pairs nesting on seven islands. Dr. Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation for New York Audubon, presents research on this population, assessing its impact on biodiversity in the harbor.
Treatment of Invasive Plant Infestations: Assessments of Three Species in the Adirondack Park
Presenter: Ray Curran, independent consulting ecologist with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Overview: The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant program manages invasive plant species just taking a hold in the Park, to benefit natural communities. Ray Curran, independent consulting ecologist with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, discusses current research on the effectiveness of several techniques to control Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis), and Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus).
Conserving Barrens Buck Moth in Pine Barrens Habitats
Presenter: Dr. Dylan Parry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Overview: Dr. Dylan Parry, associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, discusses how prescribed burning in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve has enhanced habitat for the Barrens Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia). He examines the role of natural enemies in population declines, citing an introduced insect parasitoid that has decimated species closely related to the Barrens Buck Moth.
Female Barrens Buck Moth laying eggs. Photo by Kirsten Breisch.
Confronting Biological Invasions: A Growing Environmental Problem
Presenter: Dr. David Strayer, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Overview: Introduced invasive species have transformed most of our ecosystems and more problematic species are on the way. Dr. David Strayer, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, reviews the history and impact of a few prominent invaders, the extent and causes of these introductions, and proposed elements of a solution to this escalating problem.