Fifth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference






















What's so special about the Long Island Dwarf Pine Plains?

Jessica Gurevitch, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolution,
Stony Brook University

Dwarf Pine Plains exist on L.I. and in only a few other places where pitch pines exist. Ecological scientists, hikers, naturalists and environmentalists have been fascinated and charmed by the little pines ever since they became known. With a group of other researchers, I studied the recovery of the Dwarf Pines from the 1995 fire, following marked plants from germination to tree-hood until 2009. I will talk about some of the surprising results we found for growth rates, soils, survival, age to first cone production, and numbers of cones produced.  

Jessica Gurevitch is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. She is a plant ecologist, and has worked on plant populations and communities, plant demography, biological invasions, and research synthesis and meta-analysis, among other topics in ecology. She has carried out field research on Long Island and in the Adirondacks for many years. She wrote a textbook on plant ecology (The Ecology of Plants, by Gurevitch, Scheiner and Fox) as well as other books and scientific papers. Dr. Gurevitch did her undergraduate work in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, and postdoctoral research at University of Chicago. She has been a faculty member at Stony Brook University since the Paleozoic, and she enjoys the company of people as well as of plants.