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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.



Biology and Conservation Lecture Series – Spring 2009

SPRING 2010 SEMINAR SERIES CANCELED.
RECORDED LECTURES OF THE FALL 2009 SERIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON LINE AT THIS TIME.

Previously Recorded Web Seminars

PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings of the Spring 2009 lecture series are available for a limited time through October 9, 2009. Recordings of previous lecture series are not available. To view a recorded seminar click on the link below the title of each presentation and when prompted to download a file select the “Open” option.

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Acid Rain, Mercury Deposition, Forest Birds, and Electricity: Are They Linked?
VIEW RECORDED WEB SEMINAR (Please note that there is an approximately 2 minute delay on this audio recording, use the slide bar on the player to advance to the start of this lecture.)
Presenter: Dr. Stefan Hames, Research Associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Lecture Overview: Coal burned to produce electricity releases not only greenhouse gases, but also ions responsible for acid rain and mercury deposition. Dr. Stefan Hames, research associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, presents research, from a network of sites across New York, into the relationships between declines in some nesting bird species, soil properties, and these pollutants.

 

Emerging Ecology of the Worm Invasions: Predatory Planarians and Non-native Earthworms
VIEW RECORDED WEB SEMINAR
Presenter: Dr. Peter K. Ducey, Department of Biological Sciences, SUNY Cortland
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Bipalium adventitium photo by Peter Ducey Lecture Overview: Dr. Peter K. Ducey, of the Department of Biological Sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, discusses how our soil ecosystems are often dominated by many species of non-native invertebrates. The interactions of invasive predatory planarians (from Asia) and non-native earthworms (presumably from Europe and Asia) with each other and with native species, has created new ecological dynamics. Study of these interactions may shed light on the role of evolution in the shaping of predator-prey interactions and on the potential impacts of the invasions.

Photo: Terrestrial planarian (Bipalium adventitium) attacking earthworm. (Photo by Peter Ducey)

 

Predicting and Mitigating Hotspots of Herpetofauna Road Mortality
VIEW RECORDED WEB SEMINAR
Presenter: Dr. Tom Langen, Clarkson University
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Lecture Overview: Mortality of amphibians and reptiles is a serious problem on public roads in New York state. Dr. Tom Langen, associate professor of biology at Clarkson University, presents his research findings on how locations of road-kill hotspots can be accurately predicted using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He also discusses how this predictive tool can be used to develop a program of road network surveys and mitigation planning.

 

Long-term Responses of Breeding Birds to Habitat Loss and Fragmentation
VIEW RECORDED WEB SEMINAR
Presenter: Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg, a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Lecture Overview: As the first-ever resurveyed state bird atlas, the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas, provides a unique opportunity to study the long-term responses of breeding birds to changes in habitat availability. Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg, a post-doctoral associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, presents research on the responses of forest birds to patterns of forest cover throughout New York.

 


The Biology and Conservation Lecture Series is sponsored by the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute

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