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Important Note on Location for Meetings: Meeting locations are changing for 2015 due to construction at our usual venue, the Litchfield Villa. PLEASE NOTE LOCATION FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL MEETING AS THEY MAY CHANGE FROM MONTH TO MONTH.
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:00 P.M.
An environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to discovering life in NYC Ponds.
Presenter: Seth Wollney
Location: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza
Various human impacts, such as pollution and buildings, can shape freshwater pond ecosystems in the urban landscape of New York City. Ponds are important centers of biodiversity in cities and benefit humans in many ways. At our June meeting, Seth Wollney will talk about his project to inventory the biological communities in seven local ponds using cutting-edge environmental DNA collection techniques. The data collected will lead to a deeper understanding of what humans can do to help conserve these important ecosystems for future generations.
As a native New Yorker, Seth Wollney has been a life-long naturalist exploring the ponds, woods, fields and beaches of the city. While passionate about almost everything that concerns ecology and natural history, he has a particular interest in birds, turtles, dragonflies and moths. He is currently working on his doctoral degree at the Conservation Genetics lab at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His thesis project investigates how biological communities found in urban ponds are impacted by human activities with a particular focus on painted turtle ecology and population biology. In March 2015, he received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program!
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