Long Island
Natural History

The 2024 Long Island Natural History Conference was held on April 12 and 13 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

Details about the 2025 conference will be announced in late 2024.

In the meantime, all presentations from the 2024 event are posted below and are included in the full collection of conference presentations in our LINHC Video Library. 

About the Conference

The Long Island Natural History Conference is the largest regional forum for the exchange of information about Long Island’s natural history. The annual event brings together Long Island’s leading naturalists to exchange current information, identifies research and management needs, and encourages collaborations and a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history.

The Conference was established by the Long Island Nature Organization (LINO) in 2012 to support education and research about the natural history of Long Island. The conference resulted from the vision and dedication of Mike Bottini, Tim Green, John Turner and the late James Monaco.

The conference was founded with the following goals:

  • Introduce people doing field research, natural resource management, and conservation projects on Long Island
  • Exchange current information on the natural history of Long Island
  • Identify research and management needs
  • Foster friendships and collegial relationships
  • Encourage a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history.

Seatuck assumed management of the Long Island Natural History Conference following its merger with LINO in 2020.

2024 Conference Schedule

Featured Presentations

Anna Thonis, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) shell damage and health in an urban landscape 

Bob McGrath, Adjunct Professor, SUNY Stony Brook Department of Sustainability Studies That was then, this is now… Standing on the shoulders of some of Long Island’s greatest naturalists

Christy N. Wails, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech The rise of a new top dog: contrasting impacts of feral cats and red foxes on threatened shorebirds during a mange epidemic at Fire Island

Dean L. Hernandez, School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University Drone-based aerial surveys to quantify nearshore Atlantic menhaden & their predators 

Frank Piccininni, Regional co-director, American Chestnut Foundation Conservation update: Restoring the American chestnut

Imogene C. Welles, Stony Brook University Generalist dietary dynamics within small mammal communities in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens

Joe Warren, Associate Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University From the wrack line to the Twilight Zone: a tour of New York’s less-famous marine creatures

John Turner, Senior Conservation Policy Advocate, Seatuck Environmental Association The ruffed grouse on Long Island; Conservation update: The Vernal Pool Project

Joyce Novak, Executive Director, Peconic Estuary Partnership Conservation update: Conservation projects in the Peconic Estuary

Katie Hietala-Henschell, Zoologist, New York Natural Heritage Program Dark skies for fireflies: A multi-year survey of lampyrids in New York State Parks

Maxine Montello, New York Marine Rescue Center, Riverhead, NY Tracking post-release movement patterns of New York’s rehabilitated sea turtles provides insight into their utilization of New York waters

Michael Whittemore, Ecologist, Central Pine Barrens Commission Distribution, status, and flora of Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain heathlands and grasslands

Mina Vescera, Nursery/Landscape Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Threats to our maritime beech forest

Rob Longiaru, Conservation Biologist, Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation & Waterways Applying research towards creating an annual cycle understanding of New York’s black skimmer populations

Robyn Silvestri, Executive Director, Save the Great South Bay Conservation update: South Shore Bays Unified Water Study

Taylor Larson, Environmental Educator, Seatuck Environmental Association Conservation update: The Long Island Mammal Survey

Call for Poster Submissions!

Are you conducting local research on Wildlife, Botany, Fungi, Geology, Paleontology, Hydrology, Climate, Ecology, Conservation, Invasive species, Pollution, Green space, or related topics in Kings, Queens, Nassau, or Suffolk counties?

We are pleased to invite researchers who work on any aspect of Long Island (Kings, Queens, Nassau, & Suffolk counties) Natural History to present posters on their research.

Poster abstracts need to be submitted no later than March 31. All abstracts must be reviewed in advance. Approved student presenters will have their conference registration fee waived.

Thank you to our Nonprofit Partners Nonprofit partnership includes 4 tickets & opportunity to table at the conference

CERCOM: Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Ocean Monitoring, at Molloy University

Coastal Steward Long Island

CRESLI: Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

FOREST: Foundation for Research and Stewardship in the Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime Reserve

Four Harbors Audubon Society

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Friends of Wertheim NWR

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Long Island Conservancy

Long Island Pine Barrens Society

New York Flora Association

New York State Marine Education Association

North Fork Audubon Society

NY Marine Rescue Center

Peconic Baykeeper

Peconic Estuary Partnership

Peconic Land Trust

Save The Great South Bay, Inc.

Sisters of St. Joseph

South Fork Natural History Museum

South Fork Sea Farmers

Southampton Trails Preservation Society

Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter

The Nature Conservancy

The Sierra Club Foundation

2024 Sponsors


Long Island Terrestrial Mammal Survey: How to get involved  
Arielle Santos, Conservation Scientist 
Seatuck Environmental Association 
Assessing salt marsh health on Long Island
Nicole Maher, Ph.D, Senior Coastal Scientist
The Nature Conservancy
The flora and fauna of Fischers Island
Terrence McNamara
H.L. Furgerson Museum, Fishers Island
Disappearing southern New England river herring, data gaps, and the need to revisit incidental bycatch in northwestern Atlantic commercial fisheries
Kevin Job, Fisheries Biologist
CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Peconic bay scallops (Argopecten irradians irradians): current status and potential solutions to restore an iconic and commercially important Long Island shellfish species
Harrison Tobi
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Diet and behavior of a pair of Eastern Coyote (Canis latrans) in Nassau County
Stephane Perreault, Naturalist
Greentree Foundation
CONSERVATION UPDATE: Spotted Turtles, Otters & Coyotes
Mike Bottini, Wildlife Biologist
Seatuck Environmental Association
Louise Harrison, Long Island Natural Areas Manager
Save the Sound
Polly Weigand, Science & Stewardship Program Manager
Central Pine Barrens Commission
Enrico Nardone, Executive Director
Seatuck Environmental Association
Alison DePerte
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society
CONSERVATION UPDATE: Wildlife Collaborative for Offshore Wind
Carl Lobue
The Nature Conservancy
CONSERVATION UPDATE: Vernal Pools, Diamondback Terrapins & Water Reuse
John Turner, Senior Conservation Policy Advocate
Seatuck Environmental Association

LINHC Video Library

The majority of presentations from past Long Island Natural History Conferences have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  A full listing of these recordings (more than 90 in all!) can be found here in the LINHC Video Library. You can find presentations by browsing either the SPEAKER INDEX or the TOPIC INDEX.