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New York Botanical Garden Lecturer at Taft School



WATERTOWN – Taft School is pleased to welcome noted tropical ecologist  Dr. Charles M. Peters to campus Friday, April 4. Dr. Peters’ lecture begins at 6:45 pm in the Laube Auditorium of the Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library; refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.


Dr. Peters is the Kate E. Tode Curator of Botany at The New York Botanical Garden, and  works in close collaboration with local community groups to study the ecology, use and management of tropical forest resources. He is currently working in the Tapajos-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve in Brazil with several communities who are developing management plans for the sustainable production of furniture woods. Dr. Peters is also involved with community forestry research in the Selva Maya of Mexico, Myanmar, and Vietnam. He has conducted long-term field research in the Peruvian Amazon, Papua New Guinea, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, and Veracruz, Mexico, and has directed community forestry projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Uganda, and Cameroon.


Dr. Peters  is an Associate Professor of Tropical Ecology (Adjunct) at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University, an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University. He is editor of the monograph series, Advances in Economic Botany.


Taft School is located at 110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, CT. Parking is available in the school’s main lot on the corner of Route 6 and Middlebury Road. Shuttle service from the lot to the auditorium is available.


The New York Botanical Garden Seminar Series at Taft features unique lectures by NYBG scientists, and is made possible by a grant from the Yerkes