New York City Neighborhood Naturalists Lectures

The New York City Neighborhood Naturalists group was formed in 2018 by a group of interested individuals. Meetings are held virtually, usually on the third Monday of the month at 5:00 PM, and are free and open to the public. Each month features a speaker on a topic related to urban biodiversity or that month’s EcoQuest. 

Recordings of previous meetings can be found here.

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Previous Meetings

April 2022
Urban Soils of NYC
Dr. Zhongqi Cheng, Brooklyn College

March 2022
Urban biodiversity: Conservation and restoration in complex social-ecological systems
Dr. Lea Johnson, Longwood Gardens

February 2022
Population genetic structure of eastern North American birches
Dr. Ashley Thomson, Lakehead University

January 2022
Winter Botany: Bark, Buds, and Berries
Nancy Slowik, NYBG Adult Education

December 2021
Seeing the Forest for the Snow: Connecting the Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Across Seasons
Dr. Andy Reinmann, CUNY ASRC

November 2021
Pollution Research on the Bronx River
Christian Murphy, Bronx River Alliance

October 2021
Domestication, Nutrition, and Ethnobotany of Eggplants and Other Nightshades
Dr. Rachel Meyer, UC Santa Cruz

September 2021
the Nature of Oaks
Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware

August 2021
no meeting

July 2021
Wild Lettuce (
Lactuca sp.) of New York City
Lydia Paradiso, PhD Student, NYBG

June 2021
Ferns of New York City
Dr. Robbin Moran, Curator Emeritus, NYBG

May 2021
The Genus Veronica (Speedwells) – In 15 Million Years to New York
Dr. Dirk Albach, Professor, Carl vos Ossietzky Universitat, Oldenburg

April 2021
Japanese Flowering Cherries: A 100 Year-Long Love Affair
Tony Aiello, Director of Horticulture, Morris Arboretum

March 2021
Bryophytes of New York City
Zihao Wang, NYC Parks

February 2021
The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice
Dr. Melissa Checker, Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College

January 2021
NYC Lichens: an Urban Experience
Dr. James Lendemer, Assistant Curator, NYBG

December 2020
Natural Areas Management in Central Park
Alex Hodges, Assistant Manager of Natural Areas, Central Park Conservancy