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Twentieth Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum
October 1 & 2, 2015
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Berkner Hall
Upton, New York

Thursday, October 1

8:30 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 am Welcoming Remarks
9:30 am The impacts of rising water temperatures on the survival of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in
natural and transplanted meadows in the Peconic Estuary.
Chris Pickerell, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Marine Program
10:00 am Pines, fire and plant invasions in the Long Island pine barrens.
Jessica Gurevitch, Professor, Stony Brook University, Department of Ecology & Evolution
10:30 am Break and Poster Session
11:00 am Excessive delivery of nitrogen into Long Island's coastal ecosystems: Crisis and opportunity.
Christopher J. Gobler, Professor, Stony Brook University, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences
11:30 am Forest pests and forest management in the Anthropocene.
Matthew P. Ayres, Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
12:00 pm Management of Southern Pine Beetle on Long Island and Upstate New York.
Jessica A. Cancelliere, Research Scientist, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation,
Division of Lands & Forests, Forest Health
12:30 pm Lunch (on your own; cafeteria on-site)
1:30 pm Measuring storm tide and high-water marks caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Riley Behrens, Hydrologic Technician, US Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center
2:00 pm Habitat management for an endangered butterfly benefits other Species of Greatest
Conservation Need in an eastern New York pitch pine - scrub oak barrens.
Neil A. Gifford, Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve
2:30 pm Lichen communities of the New Jersey Pinelands.
Natalie Howe, PhD Candidate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Friday, October 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Field Session (limited to the first 25 registrants) - The Gamma forest and additional plant
communities at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York
Richard Stalter, Professor of Biology, St. John’s University, Department of Biological Sciences

To register for this free event, please contact the
Pine Barrens Commission office for instructions:
(631) 288-1079 or
Sponsored by:
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Berkner Hall
Upton, New York


The third Long Island Natural History Conference took place Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2015 in the Berkner auditorium at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

Thanks to the 97 participants who completed the survey. The responses are quite interesting. A summary is available here (pdf). The detailed report is available here (pdf).

Videos of all sixteen sessions are now available here.

Videos for all sessions of earlier Conferences are available here: 2012, 2013.

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