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New York Academy of Sciences
Section of Engineering


Ecology from the Treetops

H. Bruce Rinker
The Millbrook School

Wednesday, December 15, 1999
6:00 P.M.
2 East 63rd Street


The 1990's represent the defining decade for the emerging science of canopy
ecology.  Single-rope techniques, rafts and dirigibles, cranes, towers, and
walkways are all techniques used by biologists to access the upper strata of
the world's forests to study the extraordinary biodiversity and life
processes some 30 meters off the ground.This slide and lecture presentation
reviews some of these access methods, gives a glimpse of its rare wildlife,
and surveys a few of the ongoing research projects in what has been called
the "high frontier," and "the most beautiful roof of the world."

H. Bruce Rinker is a graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Forestry and
Wildlife Resources and is presently a doctoral candidate in environmental
studies at Antioch, New England.  Since 1987, Mr. Millbrook has chaired the
science department at the Millbrook School in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  He has
directed the school's bird banding program for 12 years and its forest
canopy walkway, the fourth in the U.S. and first in a high school, since its
construction in 1995.

Mr. Rinker is very active in local and national environmental organizations,
citizens groups, and professional societies and is a National Fellow of the
Explorers Club.  He has been on scientific expeditions around the world and
has been featured in many publications and shows, including PBS's Live from
the Rainforest..  His books include The High Frontier: Exploring the
Tropical Rainforest Canopy (Harvard University Press) and My Life in the
Treetops (Yale University Press).
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212.838.0230 ext. 426, or bsoffer(--nospam--at)nyas.org.  For more information on the
lecture or on activities of the Academy sections, contact Dr. Henry Moss at
212.838.0230 ext. 410.  For the Academy on the Web go to www.nyas.org


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