Fourth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference








To Kill a Kudzu: The Status of Exotic Invasive Plants on Long Island

Lara H. Pomi-Urbat, Project Manager/Environmental Scientist, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC

There are 125 exotic invasive plant species that are documented on Long Island. Some of them are widespread and others are just becoming established here. Still others are on the doorstep and will be here soon. How do we best control the established species and how can we be prepared to prevent the new ones from becoming a problem?

Lara Urbat is a Certified Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America.  She received both her B.S. in Biology: Environmental Science and her M.A. in Biology: Applied Ecology from Stony Brook University.  Ms. Urbat is currently an Ecologist/Environmental Scientist for Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, a private consulting firm, and is currently an active member of LIISMA.  Lara has had an interest in invasion ecology since her undergraduate studies, and currently tackles invasive species issues on a number of sites across Long Island. Email: