The Brookdale Environmental Club and the Jersey Shore Sierra Club co-present the “Science Monday” speakers for the Spring 2017 Term.

All guest lectures are free and open to the public, and are held on the main Lincroft campus in the Warner Student Life Center, from 6-8 PM (lecture begins at 6:30 PM).

Monday, January 23
Pollution of the Navesink River:  Sustainable Solutions for Recovery

Rik F. van Hemmen, P.E., Co-founder and Vice President of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and President of Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen and Dolan, Inc.

Mr. van Hemmen will discuss the declining water quality of the Navesink River and present sustainable solutions for improvement going forward.   Mr. van Hemmen has stated that in Eastern Monmouth County, people have moved from using natural resources to exhausting them, and successful recovery will require “…discussion, data review, introspection, experimentation, modification and cooperation”. The unique aspects of the “Rally for the Navesink” organization will also be described.

Monday, February 27
Climate Challenges to Polar Bears and, Yes, Sharks

Dave Grant, Deputy Director of the Shark Research Institute (SRI), Princeton, NJ and former professor at Brookdale Community College.

Deputy Director Grant will discuss the effects of global warming on the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic Regions.  An update on the status of shark research and conservation will also be provided.

Monday, March 27
The Lives of NJ/NY’s Turtles and Other Species

Dr. Russell Burke, Professor of Biology, Hofstra University.

Dr. Burke is interested in the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of local turtles and lizards.  His current research projects include studies of diamondback terrapins in Jamaica Bay, wood turtles in northern New Jersey and wall lizards on Long Island.  The terrapins face a number of conservation issues, including habitat decline; the wood turtles live in a relatively pristine habitat; and the wall lizards, introduced to the area by a pet shop in 1967, are an invasive species.

Monday, April 24

Monday, May 22
(Memorial Day is May 29)

June 26
Yes, You Can!  Celebrating the Efforts of Local Environmentalists

This annual end-of-year session celebrates individuals who act locally to protect the environment, and emphasizes the impact individual efforts can have in improving the environment.


Questions? Please contact Professor Pat Dillon at (732) 224-2871 or pdillon@brookdalecc.edu