On Tuesday evening, January 14th, 2020 the Linnaean Society of New York
2019/2020 Speaker Program will feature two new presentations sure to be of
interest to New York birders:


6:00 pm - Improving the Health of Plants by Spying on Conversations
Underfoot Between the American Beachgrass and Its Microbiome - Javier


Ammophila breviligulata, commonly referred to as American beachgrass, is
considered an important architect of barrier islands and other coastal
environments. One of its key ecological roles is to colonize and trap sand
in order to promote the formation of dunes that offer protection to these
ecosystems. When severe storms dramatically change the topography of
coastlines, restoration efforts often focus on replanting beachgrass.
However, many of these efforts are not successful due to a wide variety of
biotic and abiotic factors. Microbes in terrestrial environments have
intimate positive and negative interactions with plants, while playing a key
role in nutrient cycling and chemical modifications of these environments.
This talk will identify and discuss specific microbiome-beachgrass
interactions that could be promoted in the wild and local coastal
communities for successful replanting efforts and healthier ecosystems.


Javier Izquierdo is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hofstra University.
His laboratory examines how plant-associated microbiomes promote plant
health and how microbes can help produce the biofuels of tomorrow.

7:30 pm - A Tale of Many Penguins: Finding Them, Photographing Them, and
Comparing Them - Ardith Bondi


Penguins are definitely not one size fits all. Although they mostly live in
the Southern Hemisphere and none of them can fly, they exist in varied
habitats on diverse continents and have distinct lifestyles and physiology
to match. Penguins are intrepid, having adapted to living in some of the
harshest environments on earth. However, not all of them live around snow
and ice. Ardith Bondi's presentation will show and discuss the different
types of penguins, how they live, and her experiences observing them in the

Ardith Bondi lives in Manhattan. She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from
Columbia University and continued medical research at New York University
Medical Center and at The Rockefeller University before leaving research to
perform as a flutist. After years of performing and teaching, she still
plays in the Centre Symphony in Manhattan and photographs birds near home
and in many other interesting places far removed.



Both presentations are free and will be held in the Linder Theater on the
first floor of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Enter at West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. All


Complete details of these exciting presentations and the rest of the
2019/2020 program can be found here:



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