Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February.

March 11, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Mike Feder: "Interesting Plants from Around the World, Part 2."
In his current reincarnated human form, Mike has been complementing his previous under water existence by transversing the globe and taking note of its interesting flora. The lecture will focus on some interesting plants Mike has found along the way, as well as a few that he hasnīt. Mike is the LIBS Field Trips Chair, an active member of the Torrey Botanical Society, a NYC Parks Department employee, and a true world traveler who has been to more countries than there are U.S. states.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

April 8, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Andy Greller: "Natural History of Romania, Including Birds of the Danube Delta"
This eastern European country, with landscapes ranging from the beautiful Carpathian Mountains to the extensive marshes of the Danube Delta, has a recorded history going back to Roman times.  It was part of the Roman Empire known as Dacia.  Its folk traditions encompass a number of cultures, all with colorful costumes and many with colorful characters, such as Vlad the Impaler (Dracula to us). We take particular note of the variety of natural vegetation and the abundant bird and animal life. Andy is Vice President of LIBS, Past President of the Torrey Botanical Society, Professor Emeritus in Biology at Queens College— CUNY, and also our senior world traveler.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

May 13, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Marilyn Jordan: "Novel Ecosystems"
Novel ecosystems exhibit new combinations of species resulting from human actions such as prior cultivation, nitrogen addition, introduction of invasive species, pollution, overharvesting, and land disturbance. Opinions are divided on whether these altered ecosystems are worthless weed patches or valuable habitats. We will examine the implications of novel ecosystems for genetic and species diversity, trophic linkages, and ecosystem function, and the need to accommodate differing values and world views of stakeholders and policy makers. Marilyn got her B.A. from Queens College and a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Rutgers University. She retired in January 2014 as Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy after a career studying invasive plant species, fire ecology, nutrient cycling, and more.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

June 10, 2014* Tuesday, 5:30 PM (Please note early start time)
Annual Barbecue
The annual barbecue, featuring Chef Eric's made-to-order hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads, deviled eggs, desserts, etc. gladly accepted. The traditional location—on the green behind the Muttontown Preserve meeting house.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

September 9, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Shari Romar: "The Urban Oasis: Queens Botanical Garden."
With origins dating back to the 1939 New York World’s Fair (now celebrating its 75th Anniversary), Queens Botanical Garden continues to enchant visitors.  But QBG isn’t just a pretty face—the Garden offers innovative educational programs and demonstrates environmental stewardship practices throughout its 39 acres in bustling Flushing.  Shari is the New Media Manager at Queens Botanical Garden.  She is an avid birder, nature photographer, and freelance writer specializing in gardening and nature topics.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

October 14, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
James Lendemer: "Long Island Lichens: From Distant Past To Uncertain Future."
Lichens are fungi that are found in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the globe. From the highest mountains to the driest deserts, they often form conspicuous displays on rocks, trees, and soil where they are noticed by scientists, naturalists, and the public alike. This presentation will explore the natural history of the lichens of the New York City metropolitan region, focusing on Long Island. It will follow the development of the local biota from the distant past, to our modern present, and into the uncertainties of the future. Dr. James Lendemer is a post-doctoral researcher at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. He and his colleagues in the Bronx are lichenologists whose research focuses on assessing lichen biodiversity, its patterns, threats, and conservation needs in North America and abroad.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

November 11, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Eric Morgan: "Tropical American Botany Overview."
This talk will be an overview of some of the fascinating plants of the American tropics and subtropics, focusing on the northwestern Amazon and Caribbean where much of his work is currently being conducted. A primer on some of the research being conducted on Long Island at Farmingdale State College will also be presented, with an update on some of the data on plant-insect interactions that will be presented in the near future. Dr. Eric C. Morgan is a professor in the Department of Biology at Farmingdale State College. He is currently working on a number of projects in the American tropics, as well as local research based on Long Island. He currently also serves as the Chairman of the Botanical Society of America's Ecological Section, and on the Council of the Torrey Botanical Society.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

December 9, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Members Night
Members are welcome to bring photos, stories, specimens, and tales of peculiar sightings of favorite plants. A great opportunity to show what you have found while exploring on Long Island or elsewhere. Please call Rich Kelly (516-354-6506) in advance to advise as to the approximate number of images/slides that you would like to show and preferred medium of presentation. Thanks.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February.

March 10, 2015* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Andy Greller: "An Ecologist Vists New Caledonia."
This talk will cover the unusual serpentine flora and vegetation of New Caledonia.  There are many endemics, including Araucarias, cycads, ferns, and other ancient groups.  Andy is the LIBS Vice President, Co-chair of the Local Flora Committee, and is a Past President of the Torrey Botanical Society.  He taught biology at Queens College for 30 years, and is a true world traveler.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

April 14, 2015* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Maria Brown and Shreeya Panigrahi: "Bat Pollination Studies in Costa Rica." (MB) and "Multivariate Analysis of Soil pH, Forest Structure, and Human Disturbance in the Glacial Outwash Plain, Long Island, New York."
There will be a short presentation on Maria's ongoing studies of pollination by bats in Costa Rica. Shreeya performed a study on the outwash plain at Sans Souci County Park in Sayville, to follow studies by Wherry (1923) and Greller et al (1990), regarding potential decreasing plant diversity resulting from increased soil acidity. Maria Brown, MS, PWS was a Professional Wetland Scientist for 12 years, and has taught at Sayville High School for the past 16 years. She is a New York State Master Teacher and is also a lecturer at Stony Brook University where she teaches geospatial science through the Sustainability Studies Program. Shreeya Panigrahi is a senior at Sayville High School and will be graduating as the valedictorian of her class in June, 2015. She has conducted authentic research in the Research in Science & Engineering program, and competed at the International Sustainable World Energy, Environment, and Engineering Project Olympiad where she received a silver medal for her work.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

* Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30.
Formal meeting starts at 8:00 PM.
Directions to Muttontown: 516-354-6506
Directions to Stony Brook: 516-354-6506

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