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: Education and Outreach
Moderator: Carol Capobianco, Director of The Native Plant Center
Invasive Species & Grass-roots Activism
Carolynn Sears, The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge
The Invaders Board Game
George Profous, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
A New Guide to Restoring Forests
Jennifer Greenfeld, NYC Parks and Recreation
CEUs available: LA CES and ISA: 2 credit hours, NYS DEC: 2.5 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.