Tuesday Afternoons: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., September 25, October 2, 9, 16, and 23
An exploration of New Jersey’s remarkably diverse forests, from red maple swamps to dwarf pine plains. Illustrated lectures will delve into the history, dynamics, and intricacies of these wooded ecosystems, as well as the ecological niches and adaptations of our major trees. Many forces interact to shape the vegetation mosaic, including fire, windstorms, glacial history, and a host of interesting plant-animal interactions. European/American settlers cleared the entire state, and today’s forests face complex challenges that we will examine alongside very promising conservation and restoration efforts.
Sara Webb is Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Studies at Drew and director of the Drew University Forest Preserve’s restoration project. Her research and teaching specialties are forest ecology and environmental science.