Invasive plant research in the North Country [S-21-15]
|Presenter:||Jessica (Jess) Rogers|
|Classes:||2 Sessions 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Wed 3:00 PM 03/17, 03/24|
Dr. Rogers has been doing research on invasive plants in the St. Lawrence Valley since 2017. Specifically, she’s been examining the spread of purple loosestrife and its biological control agent, a Galerucella beetle. Purple loosestrife is found in wetlands and in roadside ditches throughout the area. In 2019, her research expanded to include raising her own beetles to release at large infestations, and using drones to map larger areas. This lecture will discuss invasive plants and the methods for control and eradication as well as specifics about Dr. Rogers’ research.
Dr. Rogers is a native of the North Country. She completed her PhD at Columbia University in 2011, examining deforestation in protected areas in Central Africa using satellite images. She has been teaching at SUNY Potsdam in the Department of Environmental Studies since 2016. She is President of the board of the St. Lawrence Land Trust and works with local environmental groups to connect students to volunteer opportunities.
Special Instructions: You will be emailed a Zoom invite the day before each class starts. Click on the link in the invite to open your Zoom app.