Invasive forest insects and diseases are the most severe and urgent threat to the health of Adirondack forests. Several pests are already widespread in the region, and many others are on the doorstep and likely to spread in the next decade or two. In this presentation, Dr. Lovett will review the forest pests that threaten the Adirondacks and discuss how they will impact the functioning of forest ecosystems. He will also discuss why we have so many forest pests and what we can do about it.
Dr. Gary Lovett is a Senior Scientist Emeritus and Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College and a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College. Gary’s research focuses primarily on the effects of air pollution, climate change and invasive insects and diseases on forests. He is the author of over 140 scientific publications and editor of two books, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. Gary lives in the Hudson Valley and owns a camp in the Adirondacks, where he spends as much time as possible.
This free talk is presented by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. Zoom links will be sent via email to registrants closer to the date. (Workshop recordings will be available on APIPP's YouTube channel following the event).