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Brookhaven National Laboratory

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Kevin Luss

Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference

Long Island Native Plant Initiative

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Quogue Wildlife Refuge

South Fork Natural History Museum

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Friday  March 18, 2016

8:00 - 9:00     Registration/set-up

9:00 - 9:10     Welcoming Remarks

9:10 - 9:50     The Southern Pine Beetle Infestation on Long Island: Status and Trends
                       John D. Wernet, Supervising Forester, Division of Lands and Forests,                        NYSDEC–Region 1 and John W. Pavacic, Executive Director, Central Pine                        Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission

9:50 - 10:30   Overview and Status of the NYS DEC Colonial Water Bird Program:
                       Where it Has Been, Where it is and Where it is Headed

                       Chip Hamilton, Senior Wildlife Biologist, NYSDEC Region 1

10:30 - 10:50 BREAK

10:50 - 11:30 Hide and Seek in the Wilds of Long Island
                       Dave Taft, Jamaica Bay Coordinator, Gateway National Recreation Area

11:30 - 12:10 American Chestnut: Leading the Way to a Healthier Forest
                       William Powell, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

12:10 - 1:30   LUNCH

1:30 - 2:10     Great Gull Island Terns: Here and There
                       Helen Hays, Director, Great Gull Island Project

2:10 - 2:50     To Kill a Kudzu: The Status of Exotic Invasive Plants on Long Island
                       Lara H. Pomi-Urbat, Project Manager/Environmental Scientist at Nelson,                        Pope & Voorhis, LLC

2:50 - 3:30     Update on The Nature Conservancy’s Shellfish Restoration Efforts
                      in Great South Bay

                       Carl LoBue, Senior Marine Scientist The Nature Conservancy on Long                        Island and Adam Starke Marine Scientist The Nature Conservancy

3:30 - 4:10     Managing and Restoring Eelgrass
                       Chris Pickerell, Cornell Cooperative Extension

4:10 - 4:30     Open Discussion / Closing Remarks

Saturday  March 19, 2016

8:00 - 9:00     Registration / set up

9:00 - 9:10     Welcoming Remarks

9:10 - 9:50     Barcode Long Island: Student-Centered Biodiversity Research
                       Maria Brown, Science Research Teacher, Sayville High School and
                       Bruce Nash, Assistant Director for Science, Cold Spring Harbor Lab DNA                        Learning Center

9:50 - 10:30   Lizards Among Us: Italian Wall Lizards in Suburbia
                       Russell L. Burke, Chair, Biology Department, Hofstra University

10:30 - 10:50 BREAK

10:50 - 11:30 Long Island’s Climate: Past and Future
                       David Black, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY SB

11:30 - 12:10 Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel  
                       Carl Safina, professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook                        University, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and founder of                        The Safina Center

12:10 - 1:10   LUNCH

1:10 - 1:50     The Sharks in Our Near Shore Waters: Oh, Just How Little We Know
                       Gregory M. Metzger, Marine Science Teacher, Southampton High School

1:10 – 2:30     DOUBLE SESSION (80 minutes)
                    Science Illustration:
                    Art as a Tool for Scientific Inquiry and Understanding

                       Jan Christopher Porinchak, M.F.A; Amanda Levine, M.A. Marine Biology;                        and Amanda Furcall, B.A. Conservation Biology

1:50 - 2:30     Spreading Adders? Ecology and Natural History of the Eastern
                    Hog-nosed Snake on Long Island

                       John Vanek, PhD candidate, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory at                        Southern Illinois University

2:30 - 2:50     BREAK

2:50 - 3:30     The Historical Ecology of the Great South Bay’s Blue Point Oyster
                       Jeffrey Kassner, Research Associate, Long Island Maritime Museum

3:30 - 4:10     Drifters: a Guide to the Stray Tropical Fishes of New York
                       Todd Gardner, Suffolk Community College

4:10 - 4:30      Open Discussion / Closing Remarks

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