Forum on Translational Ecology

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Forum on Translational Ecology will provide undergraduate and graduate students with insight into how science is translated to the public by professionals.

Educators, scientists, activists, artists, and policymakers will share their experiences communicating ecological concepts to diverse audiences. A morning session, 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., will include speakers representing each field. They will share their insights about translating ecology for different audiences and purposes, discuss the major challenges and rewards of communicating the results of scientific studies, and share advice for students who are interested in translational ecology.

Informal discussions will follow in the afternoon session, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; speakers will join small groups to talk about issues of concern to the student participants, including both translational ecology and ecology-related career pathways.

The forum is open to all students at no charge. Interested individuals should register for the afternoon program by calling Aude Lochet, REU Program Coordinator at (845) 677-7600 x326, or email No registration is necessary for the morning session.

There will be a break from 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m., please bring your own lunch and beverage.



  • Dr. Neil Bettez, New Paltz Town Supervisor
  • Dr. Rebecca Benner, New York State Science Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Manna Jo Greene, Advocate/Activist, Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 
  • Amanda Higgs, Fisheries Biologist, NYC Department of Environmental Conservation 
  • Abigail Jones, Environmental Lawyer, Riverkeeper
  • Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Birds, The New York State Museum
  •  Donna Light-Donovan, High School Science Teacher, Croton-Hudson
  •  Dr. Fred Lubnow, Environmental Consultant, Princeton Hydro 
  • Jennifer Rubbo, Manager for the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, Vassar College 
  •  Casey Tompkins, Manager of the Natural Resource Program, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Cary Institute auditorium
2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44)
Millbrook, NY

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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