Invasive Species Summit Morning Plenary, With Afternoon Session A: Conserving Biodiversity - 162HRT834A
Invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity worldwide and are severely impacting our regional ecosystems. This summit addresses the impacts of invasive species from a global to regional level: what is being done to manage them, how restoring ecosystems can help, and implications for the future. The morning plenary session features prominent speakers in the fields of invasion biology, restoration ecology, and not-for-profit land management. Afternoon concurrent sessions (registered separately) consist of short talks followed by moderated discussions.

10 am - 12:30 pm: Morning Plenary Session
9 am: Doors Open, Registration and Coffee in Ross Gallery

Biological Invasions: What Do They Do, What Can We Do About Them, and Why Are They Controversial?
Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor

Developing Effective Strategies to Mitigate Invasive Species Impacts in Eastern New York Forests
Chris Zimmerman, Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, New York

Restoration Targets in a Changing Biotic Landscape
Steven Handel, Rutgers University, Department of Ecology and Evolution Professor

2 - 4 pm Afternoon Session: Conserving Biodiversity

Moderator: Erik Kiviat, Ph.D., co-founder and Executive Director of Hudsonia Ltd.

Speakers and Topics:

Nonnative Species Threats to Rare Native Plants in Hudson River Tidal Wetlands,
Erik Kiviat, Hudsonia Ltd.

How Do Predator-Promoting Invasive Plants Affect Native Communities?
Lauren M. Smith, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Ash Seed Collection as an Emerald Ash Borer Management Tool
Molly Marquand, Mid-Atlantic Regional Seedbank

Assessing and Preparing for Plant Invasion Facilitation by Pest Insect Invasions: Results and Management Implications of Studies of Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Emerald Ash Borer
Radka Wildova, Ecological Research Institute

CEUs available: LA CES and ISA: 2 credit hours, NYS DEC: up to 3.5 credits depending on license

This Summit was contracted by the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management using funds from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Illustration: Purple Keman (Corydalis incisa), © Bobbi Angell
Corydalis incisa is a new invasive species in the Mid-Atlantic region. This illustration was commissioned specifically for this Summit.

Date: Friday, 11/06/15
Times: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Speaker: Daniel Simberloff , Chris Zimmerman , Steven Handel , Erik Kiviat
Location: NYBG, Watson Room 102
Price: This session is not currently open for registration.