LINCROFT, NJ - Dr. Russell Burke of Hofstra University will discuss -- at 6 pm Monday, March 27 at Brookdale Community College -- his research on local coastal marine species, including the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of terrapins, turtles and lizards, most of which are either introduced or rare species; the population control of invasive species; and the preservation of native species.

The presentation, open to the public, includes the BCC Environmental Club and students, the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group, and other environmental organizations.

Dr. Burke’s interests include wildlife diseases. Since much of his field work involves the urban and suburban habitats of New York City,  Long Island, environs, he calls his work “Urban Ecology.”

As changes being wrought by global warming will have as-yet unclear detrimental effects on many marine species, regional studies of native species become more important, since many studies have indicated that the removal of one species from a food chain – whether by climate change, invasive species, habitat alteration or destruction -- can affect up to 30 other species in that food chain.

His talk, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” environmental lectures, is hosted by BCC’s Environmental Club to inform students and the community on the importance of strong environmental protections.

A pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. in Warner Student Life Center (SLC) Twin Lights Rooms I and II, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms I and II. Use parking lot 7.  As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner is on the left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf