Biodiversity and Ecological Potential of Plum Island, NY
(Session 2, 10:00-10:45)
In this presentation Mr. Schlesinger will discuss the historical and current known biodiversity, including natural communities and plant and animal species, of Plum Island, New York. He will also note potentially undiscovered rare species and the potential of the island to support additional species with management and restoration. The presentation will draw from published literature, museum specimens, recent surveys, and expert opinion to form a comprehensive ecological picture of the history of the island’s known biodiversity and its current status.
Matthew Schlesinger is the Chief Zoologist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and a Master's in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan.