Tuesday, October 7, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Arnold Arboretum Panel Discussion

Ecologies in Flux: What is the role of exotic plants in urban and suburban landscapes?

Panelists: Peter Del Tredici, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
John Silander,PhD, Director, Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
Bryan Connolly, PhD, Former State Botanist, Massachusetts Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program and now Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Framingham State University

Moderator: William (Ned) Friedman, PhD, Director, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Most people live in environments that have been drastically altered by humans. While we are well aware of the built structures (houses, roads, stores) in our communities, we are less aware of the organisms that co-inhabit the surrounding landscapes. In this dialogue, three prominent botanists will discuss the ecological impacts of exotic plants in both urban and suburban communities. The panelists will present different viewpoints on the various roles that plants play in these altered ecosystems and how human values and aesthetics influence biodiversity.

Fee Free member, $10 nonmember  
Register online or call 617.384.5277.
Students: email to register for free

Contact Name: 

Pamela Thompson

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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