The goal of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) research program is to increase knowledge of understudied taxonomic groups and of the overall biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, Muskeget and surrounding waters. The NBI facilitates collaboration, research and data storage and sharing between on and off-island researchers, conservation interests and the general public.
Our conference is held on Nantucket every other year and provides an opportunity to share the results of research being conducted on Nantucket and surrounding areas with other researchers and the public. This is an excellent opportunity to share your research, network with other researchers and naturalists, and to get an over view of the many different research projects on Nantucket and surrounding areas!
Call for Abstracts Open
We are currently accepting abstracts for both oral and poster
presentations for the 6th Biennial Biodiversity Research Conference.
Abstract Deadline Date: September 18th 2015
submission information and RFP
Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth
Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wildflower
Friday November 13th
7pm, Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
State of New England’s Native Plants: Challenges
and Opportunities for Conserving Coastal Habitats
New England Wild Flower Society recently released a comprehensive,
peer-reviewed report that, for the first time, gathers together
the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New
England landscape. From these data, we can discern increases
and declines in both rare and common species across all six
states. We will discuss the report findings, with particular
emphasis on rare and common plants of coastal sandplains and
marshes in the region, and their importance in supporting
other organisms and in providing ecosystem services for humans.
We identify hotspots of rare plant diversity, and discuss
factors that foster this diversity. We document the primary
ecological and anthropogenic threats to both rare and common
species. We discuss activities and initiatives by New England
Wild Flower Society and its partner organizations in the New
England Plant Conservation Program to conserve and manage
rare plants and habitats throughout the region. We articulate
a research agenda to bridge gaps in our knowledge of plant
species and ecological communities and develop a framework
for protecting the viability of thousands of species that
together comprise our diverse and vibrant flora.
Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth is Senior Research Ecologist with
the New England Wild Flower Society, and a biologist, educator,
and scientific illustrator. At the Society, she has written
a major regional report “State of the Plants of New England,”
and she co-led the award-winning National Science Foundation-funded
project, Go Botany, to develop an on-line guide to the regional
flora for teaching botany. She has illustrated and/or written
seven books, including The Nature of New Hampshire, and the
Peterson Field Guide to Ferns. She has taught at Smith College,
Hampshire College, and the Conway School of Landscape Design.
She has conducted scientific research on many ecosystems throughout
the world, focusing on restoration, conservation, plant physiology,
mangroves, and climate change. She obtained her Ph.D. in biology
from Harvard University, M.Sc. from the University of Vermont,
and a B.A. with honors in Environmental Studies from Brown
University. In her spare time she sings semi-professionally
and paddles her hand-built kayak.
Conference Field Trips and Workshops
* Pre-registration is required for all field trips, Limit 25
people per Field Trip *