ADIRONDACK FORESTS: A SCIENCE CONVERSATION
Join Cary Institute forest ecologist Charlie Canham, Adirondack Watershed Institute science director Michale Glennon, and Heidi Kretser, conservation social scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s global program. Heidi will moderate, Charlie will focus on trees, and Michale will focus on animals as the three scientists discuss research into current and future Adirondack Forests, to be followed by a Q&A.
Please join by Zoom 7–8:30 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday, August 12
Charlie is a forest ecologist with Cary Institute and studies the dynamics of forest ecosystems and how they respond to a wide range of human impacts. Using field research, novel statistical methods, and computer models, he predicts forest response to factors including climate change, introduced pests and pathogens, logging regimes and air pollution. For over 30 years, Canham’s primary site for field research has been at Great Mountain Forest (GMF) in northwestern Connecticut. He serves on the GMF Board of Trustees, which manages the site for research and education. He also serves on the boards of the Adirondack Land Trust and other environmental non-profits focused on the Adirondack region. His book, Forests Adrift, published this year by Yale University Press, focuses on the future of northeastern forests. His next book will focus on advancing the ecological foundation of a new forestry for the northeastern United States.
Michale is an ecologist and science director for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College. She was previously director of science for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She is interested in the effects of land use management on wildlife populations in the Adirondacks and is engaged in research ranging from issues of residential development to recreation ecology to aquatic invasive species and climate change. She and Heidi Kretser developed a research program examining impacts of low density residential development on birds and other taxa, and Michale also leads a long-term project focused on low-elevation Adirondack boreal birds and their vulnerability in a warming climate. She serves as adjunct faculty for the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and on several technical advisory boards. Michale obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF. She grew up in Lake Placid and lives in Ray Brook with her husband, Scott, and their two children.
As a conservation social scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Conservation Program, Heidi improves the conservation of wildlife and wildlands by incorporating tools and perspectives from the social sciences into conservation practice. She is widely published and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and a variety of regional media. Heidi serves as an adjunct associate professor at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources and is affiliated with the Cornell Center for Conservation Social Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Management at Cornell University and has a Master’s of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry. Heidi serves on the board of the Adirondack Land Trust. She grew up in Vermontville and lives in Saranac Lake with her husband, Andy Keal, and their two fifth-generation-Adirondack children.