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Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species in the Northeast


Speaker: Carrie Brown-Lima

Will climate change create conditions that let invasive species thrive? On October 21 at 7PM EDT, Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the NY State Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University, will provide insight on how climate change may influence the spread of invasive plants and animals that threaten northeastern ecosystems. Special attention will be given to management implications.

Invasive species have pronounced negative impacts on ecosystems and economies, and these impacts may be exacerbated by climate change. This presentation will review the current state of knowledge about how climate change influences invasive species. Brown-Lima will also describe the work of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network that is bringing together researchers and practitioners to address this challenge.

In her role as Director of the NY State Invasive Species Research Institute, Carrie Brown-Lima works closely with research scientists, state and federal agencies, the NY Invasive Species Council and Advisory Committee, and regional stakeholders to promote innovation and improve the scientific basis of invasive species management.

She has over 20 years of experience working with natural resource conservation and management across ecosystems and borders. Prior to her position with the Research Institute, Carrie spent 11 years promoting conservation strategies and partnerships in Brazil and throughout Latin America; this work included sustainable fisheries certifications, agriculture and conservation, and transboundary protected areas.

The event will include time for audience Q&A. Free and open to all, EventBrite registration is required to access the Zoom link. 

This virtual Climate Change Series is presented by Catskill Science Collaborative, a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to facilitating collaboration and outreach by those doing environmental research in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State.

These science lectures are sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and by Sherret E. Chase, Associate RE Broker with Select Sotheby's.