May 27, 2020 – Dr. Allison Fitzgerald

Dr. Allison Fitzgerald, a CIOR advisor, is the NY Oyster program coordinator for NY/NJ Baykeeper, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the Harbor Estuary.  Dr. Fitzgerald talks about oyster biology, her popular citizen scientist program, “EcoVolunteers” and how the Soundview oyster reef was constructed.

June 9, 2020 – Jason Smith

Jason Smith, a CIOR advisor, is the Director of Northern Manhattan Parks for the New York Restoration Project, explains the phases of a marshland renewal project in Swindler’s Cove along the Harlem River. Learn how NYRP transformed this former illegal dumping ground into a thriving five-acre park that protects and enhances the resilience of the river’s edge.

July 15, 2020 – Dr. Eric Sanderson

Dr. Eric Sanderson, a CIOR advisor and resident of City Island, is a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and co-chair of ecology for the Bronx River Alliance. He is the author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. Dr. Sanderson presents on the historical ecology of City Island, Eastchester Bay and the Hutchinson River. The presentation includes the importance of this area to the native indigenous people.