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Archive of Past Lectures
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Biology and Conservation Lecture Series.
Edge of the Range: Natural History of the Blanding's Turtle in Northern New York
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 12:00 PM
The Blanding's turtle, a New York State Threatened Species, is associated with shrub/scrub wetlands and reaches the edge of its Great Lakes distribution in the St. Lawrence River Valley in northern New York. Dr. Glenn Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Potsdam, has been studying this newly discovered population for the last five years and he will share his findings and discuss the status and ecology of this rare species.
Fire Ecology in Native Pine Barren Systems in New York
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 12:00 PM
With help from private and public partners, The Nature Conservancy has been working to study and determine how to manage fire-dependent pine barren systems in the state. Using examples from the Albany Pine Bush, Long Island Pine Barrens and northern Shawangunks, Stephanie Gifford, Director of Ecological Management for the Eastern Chapter of TNC, will talk about the role of fire in the ecology of these systems and share some of their recent success stories.
Ecological Background of Lyme Disease in the Albany Pine Bush
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 12:00 PM
The life cycle of Lyme disease includes ticks and a variety of mammal species. A team of Capital District researchers has been studying patterns in the distributions of these mammals, ticks, and Lyme disease-causing bacteria in the fragmented forests of the Albany Pine Bush. Dr. George Robinson (UAlbany) and Dr. Roland Kays (NYS Museum) will highlight some of the group's findings, and compare their results with studies from other regions in the eastern U.S.
The Swallow-worts: Increasingly Problematic Invasive Exotic Vines in NY State
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 12:00 PM
Dr. Antonio (Toni) DiTommaso, Associate Professor of Weed Science, Cornell University, will present an overview of research on the biology and ecology of pale and black swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum spp.). Dr. DiTommaso will discuss how these perennial non-native vines threaten the diversity and stability of several natural ecosystems in New York State, including the rare alvar ecosystems of Jefferson County.