Forest Management and Conservation**

Instructor: Dr. Matt Palmer

Spring 2017: May 11, 18 (Thursdays, 6:10-8:10 PM) & May 13 (Saturday, 9 AM-4:30 PM; includes transportation to Black Rock Forest) (3 sessions total)

**Not available via Distance Learning

Description:

Forests are a vitally important habitat for much of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They are sources of goods, such as timber and food, and provide services, such as carbon storage and water filtration. However, forests worldwide are threatened by overexploitation, conversion, climate change, and invasive species. Learn key issues in forest ecology and management through the local environment of Black Rock Forest. Participate in an all-day field trip to Black Rock Forest to study how pathogens and other invasive species affect forest structure and function. Local observations are scaled up to consider how these issues affect forest conservation on a global scale.

Dr. Matt Palmer is a faculty member in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University. His research interests are based in plant community ecology, with emphases on conservation, restoration and ecosystem function. Palmer has done research on the effects of microtopography and plant interactions on centimeter-scale diversity patterns in fens of the New Jersey Pinelands. He is currently doing research on the community dynamics and ecosystem functions of urban forests and green roofs, the population biology of rare plants, and the effects of forest canopy disturbance on understory structure and function.