Forest Management and Conservation: Black Rock Forest

Instructor: Dr. Matt Palmer

Fulfills requirement: Case Study (CS) OR Tools (T)
Day: Thursday and and an all-day Saturday field session
Dates: May 16, 23 (Module 4, 2 evening sessions)
Time: 6:10 – 8:10 PM
Room location: TBD
Field session: Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Black Rock Forest#**
Course number: ENVB 0338 N

#The two evening sessions will be offered via distance learning; however, students MUST attend the field session to be eligible to receive a passing grade.

**EICES will provide transportation; students need to bring a lunch.

Course 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. Students will participate in an all-day field session 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.

About the Instructor

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. Dr. 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 conducting 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.