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Gains and Losses in NYC Biodiversity

The Earth Institute Global Exchange and the New York City Sustainable Development Initiative cordially invite you to a panel discussion titled "Gains and Losses for New York City's Biodiversity."

Some scholars believe that New York City has lost 600 species in the last 100 years; yet in the past decade, many species have returned to the city. Learn about the research, what precipitated the loss and what has contributed to the return of some native species as well as the arrival of non-native species.

Columbia faculty as well as members of the Wildlife Trust and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation will discuss the impact of changes in biodiversity, the reasons for those changes and how to manage biodiversity and sustainable development on a local scale. They also will explore the possibility and practicality of sustaining biodiversity, given the congestion and development demands of New York .

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Contact Yana Chervona at (212) 854-3142 or yc587@columbia.edu to RSVP.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: International Affairs Building , Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, 420 W. 118 St.

Panelists: Eric Sanderson, adjunct associate research scientist, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University

Dana Fisher, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Scott Newman, conservation medicine scientist, Wildlife Trust

James Danoff-Burg, associate research scientist, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation; adjunct professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

Bill Tai, director, Natural Resources Group, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Moderator: Don J. Melnick, executive director, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation; Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Biology, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

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Published: Dec 08, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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