HART'S-TONGUE TRANSPLANTS DOING WELL AFTER TWO YEARS IN THE FIELD (12/10/2017)
It's been two and a half years since hundreds of AHTF were reintroduced into protected areas within their native range in NY State. A census of the ferns in December 2017 revealed that survival and growth rates are high and remaining steady! Check out a few photos from the recent census below!
ONE HUNDRED HART'S-TONGUE FERNS ADDED TO EXPERIMENTAL SITE IN JAMESVILLE, NY (12/5/2016):
Two employees of New York State Parks and Rec, Patricia and Matt, assisted me in transplanting approximately 100 immature AHTF in Clark Reservation State Park. The work is an effort to gain insight into the importance of seasonal timing of transplanting on survival. See the photos below!
AMERICAN HART'S-TONGUE FERN FEATURED IN NYC GREEN WALL PROJECT (12/5/2016)
SUNY-ESF propagated AHTF find their way to two New York City locations, The Greenwall Project in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Native Flora Garden. Read about it in this write up by Justin Dalaba of the USFWS: Constructing Conservation With a Rare New York Plant
THE INTERESTING AND RARE AMERICAN HART'S-TONGUE FERN
Watch TWCNews coverage of the AHTF project HERE! Aired July 18, 2016.
AMERICAN HART'S-TONGUE FERN IN TN
Check out the YouTube video about our expedition to Tennessee to determine the status of American Hart's-Tongue fern in March 2016:
-Also, click here to read a blog about the expedition by Mary Priestley of the Sewanee Herbarium.
I am a conservation biologist specializing in endangered plants and environmental interpretation with an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. My graduate research focused on the reintroduction of the federally threatened American Harts-Tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum) in the Central New York region. The project is part of a long term collaborative effort between SUNY-ESF, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, NYS Parks, NYS DEC and the NY Natural Heritage Program, among others.
I currently work for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as a Conservation Project Coordinator. Recently, I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at SUNY-ESF in the subjects of Diversity of Plants, Plant Anatomy and Development and Mycology. I am especially interested in plant biology, restoration ecology and conservation of endangered species.
Check out my resume and a few environmental interpretation projects I've completed via the links at the top of the page!