Option Green is a lecture series exploring local to global environmental topics.
Co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library.
All programs begin at 7 p.m, at The Library
Admission is free.
Wednesday, March 29: “Salamander Migration” East Brunswick Environmental Commission Chairman Dr. David Moskowitz will discuss the annual migration of salamanders, an important ecological event. After noticing that salamanders were crossing Beekman Road in large numbers on rainy, early spring evenings to lay their eggs in vernal pools on the other side, Moskowitz urged the creation of the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan, which features annual closures of Beekman Road to allow these amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Each year, these closures draw people from throughout the area to observe this natural phenomenon.
Moskowitz, who also chairs the Friends of EBEC, is a senior vice president with EcolSciences Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from George Washington University, a master’s in environmental policy studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and doctorate in entomology from Rutgers. In addition to the salamander program, he was the driving force behind East Brunswick Butterfly Park, and was a co-founder of the Community Garden and National Moth Week with Liti Haramaty of the Friends.
Wednesday, April 26: “Hydroculture” Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will discuss hydroculture – growing plants in a soil-free medium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.
Wednesday, May 24: “New Jersey’s Climate Variability and Change” New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.
Robinson is a frequent speaker on his research interests in applied climate, and climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers.