Eric Sanderson, Ph. D
Eric Sanderson, Ph. D Eric W. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the author of the best-selling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009). The Mannahatta Project, conducted over decade, investigated the historical streams, ponds, springs, shores, hills, forests, and wildlife of Manhattan Island on the eve of Henry Hudson's discovery in 1609. The project led to a web map and site (since rebranded welikia.org), an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, and major press coverage, including a profile in The New Yorker and a cover of National Geographic Magazine. Sanderson is currently pursuing the Welikia Project, on the historical and contemporary ecology of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and surrounding waters, and Mannahatta 2409, an on-line forum to help the public envision climate-resilient designs for Manhattan (and eventually other cities) over the next four hundred years. His next book, Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs, will be published in 2013. Sanderson holds a Ph.D. in ecology, with emphasis in ecosystem and landscape ecology, from the University of California, Davis. He is based at WCS headquarters at the Bronx Zoo, in New York City.

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