On Saturday April 20th, scientists from a diverse set of fields – ranging from paleoclimate to landscape genetics to microbial ecology – met at Columbia University to share their research. Despite their academic differences, their talks all shared one common theme … New York City. Specifically, preforming research that will allow us to better understanding the past, current and future ecology of this dynamic and populous urban environment.
The Ecology of New York City: Organisms, Environment and History symposium explored a range of ecological research happening in and around New York City. The program is focused on three themes – organisms, environment, and history – with speakers from a range of disciplines including community ecology, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology, paleoecology, archaeology, and conservation. The research presented spanned multiple taxa including plants, microbes, birds, and mammals. The speakers came from universities, government agenices, non-profit conservation groups, and consulting firms.