November 10, 2015* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Robbin Moran: "The Extraordinary Biology of Some New York Ferns."
Come hear about the fascinating adaptions of native ferns. This talk will also highlight uses of ferns by people, fossil history, and reproduction by spores. Dr. Moran is Curator of Ferns and Lycophytes at the New York Botanical Garden. He has published four books and over 100 scientific papers on ferns.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

December 8, 2015* 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

Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February. Next meeting March 8, 2016.

March 8, 2016* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Eric Lamont: "Update on the Status of Long Island Orchids."
The past and present status of Long Island’s 37 orchid species will be discussed, including threats to remaining colonies and recent conservation efforts. Dr.Lamont is president of LIBS and co-author of Orchids of New England & New York. He has published over 60 scientific papers including several on native orchids.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

April 12, 2016* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Larry Liddle: "Giant Unicellular Green Algae."
This talk will cover their structure, ecology, and some cell biology.  Several taxonomic groups of Green Algae (Chlorophyta) include diverse and often morphologically complex genera, all of which are made up of single cells, i.e. no crosswalls are formed during development. In spite of this, their biology remarkably parallels that of multicellular organisms, and, because of this, some provide unique research tools to explore the basic nature of cells.  Larry is Professor Emeritus, Southampton College, Long Island University.  He earned an M.S. in Botany from the University of Chicago where he worked on the floral vascular anatomy of Erica.  He has a Ph.D. in Marine Botany, University of California, Santa Barbara, and also worked in the Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

May 10, 2016* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Nicole Miller-Struttmann: "Emerging Mismatches in Plant–Bumble Bee Interactions with Climate Change."
Climate change is disrupting interactions among species through changes in phenology, geography, and morphology. Plant–pollinator interactions are mediated by functional traits, such as tongue length and flower depth. However, evolution in these traits may not occur at the same tempos. This talk will explore this dilemma in an alpine plant–bumble bee system. Nicole is an Assistant Professor at Biological Science Department, SUNY College at Old Westbury. She is an evolutionary ecologist who is fascinated by plants and insects, and her research centers on the ecology and evolution of species interactions and responses to climate change. In addition to her scientific pursuits, she strives to inspire the next generation of science enthusiasts.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

June 14, 2016* Tuesday, 5:30 PM (Please note early start time)
Annual Barbecue:
The annual barbecue, featuring made-to-order hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads, deviled eggs, desserts, etc. are gladly accepted. At the traditional location—on the green behind the Muttontown Preserve meeting house.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

September 13, 2016* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Andrew Greller: "Mayan Natural History in Belize."
Yearly visits to Belize over the past few years have allowed Andy to explore the connection between the long-lived Mayan Civilization and the landscapes they modified to sustain themselves. Here are the plants and animals that thrived with the Maya, and a peek into what remains of that once-mighty civilization. Andy is VP of LIBS and Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department of Queens College. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals on the flora and vegetation of Long Island. He still leads field trips, and presents talks on various botanical subjects
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

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