Lecture Schedule

The Torrey Botanical Society 150th Anniversary Symposium

Friday, September 15th, New York Botanical Garden

Founded in 1867, The Torrey Botanical Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017! This day-long symposium features a range of speakers addressing the past, present, and future of the flora and natural history of New York City and the region:

  • Jessica L. Allen: Lichens of New York City: Past, Present, and Future
  • Robert Naczi: What would Torrey do? Floras and floristics in the northeastern U.S.A. and adjacent Canada
  • Eric Sanderson: The Welikia Project: On the Historical Ecology of New York City
  • Lena Struwe: From Vasculums to iPhones: 150 years of botanical field research technology in a nutshell
  • Peter del Tredici: The Introduction of Japanese Plants into North America (with a Torrey Botanical Club Footnote)

To register, visit https://torrey150symposium.eventbrite.com/

Spring 2017

Orchids, Insects, Forests and Weeds: An Overview of Plant Ecology Research and Undergraduate Involvement at Farmingdale State College

3 p.m. Sunday, March 5th, 2017

To be held at The New York Botanical Garden, Watson Building, Room 302

Presented by Dr. Eric Morgan

Abstract: From the urban forests of New York City to the orchiddemographics of native orchids found within the Torrey range, a number of projects involving undergraduate students are ongoing at Farmingdale State College. Highlights of these works will be presented including both the field and lab aspects of several major projects involving students in my lab group, as well as new data from research on the relationship between some of our native orchid species and an insect predator of those species. While appearing wide in scope, many of these projects share a common theme in understanding the importance of plants and their relationship with the surrounding communities, especially those aspects that are often overlooked.

This lecture will be immediately followed by the Annual Banquet. The banquet will be held at Emilia’s on Arthur Avenue. The price for dinner will be $30 including tax+tip. The dinner includes appetizer, salad, and an entree. Beverages will be provided by the society.

To RSVP email Jessica Allen at jallen@nybg.org by March 1st.


A Botanist’s Vocabulary

6:30pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017 

Presented by Dr. Susan Pell and Bobbi Angell

Abstract: Ever encounter a botanical or horticultural term that stumps you? Join botanist Susan Pell and illustrator Bobbi Angell for this presentation-based journey through the creation and content of their book, A Botanist’s Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated. Bobbi will talk about her creative process and approach to illustrating this book. Susan will present some of the botanical terms using Bobbi’s illustrations, photographs, and live plant material. Both authors will sign books in the lobby before and after the lecture. Spring is about to spring and now is a great time to learn more about the structure of plants as they unfurl and sprout forward with the warmer weather and longer days.


Rags to Riches: Tales of Discovery and Conservation of America’s Neglected Lichen Biodiversity

6:30pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

Presented by Dr. James Lendemer

Abstract: From New York to California and Nunavut to Florida there are thousands of lichens that call North America home. Just as conspicuous and beautiful as wildflowers, they have long been neglected based on the perception that they are little studied and impossible to understand. This lecture will dispel that myth and show that lichens stand at the forefront of botanical discovery in North America. Further it will illustrate not only that these remarkable fungi are highly threatened, but that meaningful advancements can be made to protect them.



All lectures presented at:

Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
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MetroNorth Harlem line trains stop at Botanical Garden Station. Subway D and 4 trains have stops on Bedford Park Blvd., and the connecting bus 26 stops just outside the Botanical Garden’s Mosholu entrance.

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In extremely inclement weather, you can email the Program Coordinator, Jessica Allen at jallen@nybg.org with the subject line “Torrey Lecture Cancelation Inquiry” to inquire about lecture changes.