October 8, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Stephen Schott: "Nonindigenous Macroalgae Species (NIMS) in Long Island Waters."
The potential costs and impacts of introduced marine macroalgae, or seaweeds, are largely overlooked in the invasive species realm. This talk will cover the ecology, impacts, and potential management of the 12 nonindigenous seaweeds that have either been confirmed in LI waters, or pose an imminent threat of introduction. Steve has a B.S. in Botany and an M.S. in Biology, both from the University of Rhode Island, with a focus on marine plants and ecology. He has been working for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program for over 13 years in habitat monitoring and restoration.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

November 12, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Daniel Atha: "The Flora of Ice Pond Conservation Area."
This talk will briefly introduce The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and the work it does to document and conserve the World's plant diversity. In what will be the first published flora of any area in Putnam County, New York, it will briefly introduce the diversity of habitats found at Ice Pond and how this diversity supports a remarkable number of species. Within an area of less than one square mile (about 640 acres), Daniel has documented over 540 species of flowering plants, including three endangered, two threatened and four rare state-listed species. One hundred seventy-nine species are new records for Putnam County, including one new record for New York State. Daniel Atha is a research associate at NYBG. He has conducted botanical field work in all 50 states of the US as well as such far-flung places as Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, and several states of the former Soviet Union. His work is focused on floristics, taxonomy, and applied botany. He has published a catalog of the plants of Belize, and, recently, he has discovered two new species of knotweed for North America, one of which was found in New York City. He has published two species new to science, and is currently working on a monograph of a section of Acalypha (the copper-leaf genus) of Central America. Daniel has collected plant material for Merck, Pfizer, the National Cancer Institute, L’Oreal, and many other organizations. He has taught anatomy and systematic botany courses in NYBG's School of Professional Horticulture, and he is an associate editor of the Garden's systematic botany journal, Brittonia.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

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December 10, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Members' Night
Members are  welcome to bring photos, stories, specimens, and tales of peculiar sightings of favorite plants.  A great opportunity to show what you have found while exploring on Long Island or elsewhere. Please call Rich Kelly (516-354-6506) in advance to advise as to the approximate number of images/slides that you would like to show and preferred medium of presentation. Thanks.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

* Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30.
Formal meeting starts at 8:00 PM.
Directions to Muttontown: 516-354-6506
Directions to Stony Brook: 516-354-6506