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: Current and Emerging Threats
Moderator: Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship and Coordinator of the Lower Hudson PRISM and Daniel Atha, Conservation Program Manager at The New York Botanical Garden
Emerging Invasive Species in the Lower Hudson Region
Linda Rohleder, New York New Jersey Trail Conference and LHPRISM
Incised Fumewort (Corydalis incisa) Invasive in North America
Daniel Atha, The New York Botanical Garden
Distribution of Nitellopsis obtusa in New York, U.S.A.
Robin Sleith, The New York Botanical Garden
Evidence for Evolution in Glyphosate Tolerance, But Not Resistance, Based on History of Exposure to the Herbicide in Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) in New York
Acer VanWallendael, Fordham University
CEUs available: LA CES and ISA: 2 credit hours, NYS DEC: 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.