Native Plant Trust

special event

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Plant Diversity Symposium

Join us for our first virtual symposium to unveil a new analysis of plant diversity in New England, a collaboration between Native Plant Trust and The Nature Conservancy. The symposium delves into goals and strategies for conserving plant diversity in the face of development and climate change. Through multiple interactive formats, speakers will address what the new data analysis tells us about the current status of plant diversity, how it guides priorities for plant conservation, and what approaches can be most effective in meeting conservation goals. The analysis will soon be available in a landmark publication, “Conserving Plant Diversity in New England." 

The symposium features the three authors of the report as speakers: Michael Piantedosi, Director of Conservation at Native Plant Trust, Bill Brumback, Director of Conservation Emeritus at Native Plant Trust, and Mark Anderson, Director of Conservation Science at The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Region (see bios below). They will share their analysis of plant diversity, the factors that make landscapes resilient, the specific habitat types and geographic areas that are in greatest need of protection, and tools and strategies for meeting conservation goals. 

Speaker biographies:

Michael Piantedosi, Director of Conservation, Native Plant Trust, began his career in botany as a researcher in cyanobacteria and freshwater plant communities at the Univ. of New Hampshire (UNH), where he received a degree in plant biology. His botanical background includes occupation in regional herbaria, as a horticulturist, and as plant biology research technician. In 2014, he joined the Conservation Department of Native Plant Trust as manager of the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP), Seeds of Success-East, and Native Plant Trust’s regional seed bank of rare and endangered plant germplasm. In 2019, Michael was appointed Director of Conservation at Native Plant Trust.

Bill Brumback, Director of Conservation Emeritus, Native Plant Trust, began his work with native plants as the Propagator for the organization in 1980.  He served as Conservation Director from 1990 until his retirement in 2019, focusing on conservation of the endangered plants of the region, including seed banking and invasive species management.  His work has included propagation and transplanting of Robbin’s cinquefoil (Potentilla robbinsiana) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as part of the successful effort to remove this species from the U.S. Endangered Species List; development of the regional list of plants in need of conservation (Flora Conservanda, 1996 and 2012); production of the recent field manual for plants of the region (Flora Novae Angliae); and Go Botany, a website for the identification of the region’s plants. He has been studying the rare native orchid, small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides) for 30 years and still doesn’t understand it.

Mark Anderson, Director of Science, Eastern U.S., The Nature Conservancy, provides science leadership, ecological analysis, and landscape assessments for conservation efforts across 22 states in the Eastern United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of New Hampshire and has worked as an ecologist for over 30 years – 27 with The Nature Conservancy. A co-author of the National Vegetation Classification, he has published widely on climate change resilience, large landscape conservation, biodiversity, and forest dynamics. Mark’s current research interests focus on the intersection between ecological services, biodiversity, and geophysical properties. He manages a team of six scientists specializing in landscape ecology, aquatic and terrestrial connectivity, marine spatial planning, and regional data management.

Date/time detailsThursday, October 29, 2020, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
LocationLive online
Program codeSYM1008
Fee$48 (Members)/$60 (Nonmembers)
CertificateElective: all certificates
CosponsorThe Nature Conservancy