Archive for the ‘Education and Research’ category

Money Avaliable for College Students Studying Aquatic Plant Management

November 28, 2011

The Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) has graduate scholarships and undergraduate stipends available for students working on projects in the field of aquatic plant management.  Projects from students working within the Northeastern area of the United States are welcome, though projects from students outside of the region may be eligible if the project they are working on relates to an aquatic plant issue within this region.

More information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and rating criteria can be found on the NEAPMS website at  Summaries of past projects are also highlighted on the site as well.

Flora Novae Angliae – published!

November 8, 2011

Arthur Haines’s Flora Novae Angliae (A manual for the identification of native and naturalized tracheophytes of New England) has been published. This work is one of the most important floristic works covering New England to ever be published. Although not covering New York this book will be still prove extremely useful in New York due to the similarity of the flora between the two regions. It will provide New York botanists with a much needed modern treatment of tracheophytes of the region and is a must have publication. Thank you Arthur for all your hard work! For detail see this link.

New York Natural History Conference Coming Next April in Syracuse

October 25, 2011

Next year’s conference, April 15-19, stands to be even better than the one in Albany last spring.  All you botanists out there should plan to participate.  See the information below. Click on it twice for a larger version.

CLICK HERE to go right to their conference website.

“Plants Are Cool Too!” Video by Our Own Chris Martine

August 19, 2011

NYFA board member and botanist Chris Martine from SUNY Plattsburg is featured in this video about pitcher plants down south. Click the link.

Visit the “Native-Friendly” Garden at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center

May 24, 2011

A small demonstration garden featuring alternatives to ornamental invasive plants has been installed at Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center in Riverhead.  These “native-friendly” plants were selected based upon their similar ornamental characteristics and cultural requirements compared to the invasives.  Alternative plants may be native or non-native, but are not invasive.  Alternative plants are well-adapted to Long Island, and many are readily available at Long Island nurseries.  You can help make the future of Long Island greener by growing alternative plants instead of invasives!

Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center
3059 Sound Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901

The public is welcome to visit the “Native-Friendly” Garden, but please check-in with the front office first and take a brochure.  The garden is located on the east side of the back parking lot.  Plant labels make a self-guided tour possible – each label lists the plant species, which invasive plant it is an alternative for, and whether the plant is native or not.  Brochures are also available in electronic format.  The Native-Friendly Garden was designed and installed by Alexis Alvey, Nursery & Landscape Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. For more information, contact Alexis at:; or 631-727-7850 ext. 213.

The garden after it was first planted in 2009. Photo Alexis Alvey.

The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College

May 10, 2011

Here is a great resource for native plants in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City areas.  To see their web site CLICK HERE.

Leafsnap iPhone/iPod Touch App for Identifying Trees

May 8, 2011

Many years in development, the leaf identification app Leafsnap is finally available for the iPhone and iPod touch with camera and wifi connection. It will be interesting to see how it will be integrated into dendrology and other flora classes. See the YouTube video below to see how it works.  Are the graminoids next?