Science Mondays at Brookdale

During the Spring and Fall Terms, join the Brookdale Environmental Science Club, New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, and the Monmouth County Chapter of the NJ Sierra Club the last Monday of each month for a discussion of topical environmental issues.

Guest lectures take place in the Warner Student Life Center, Twin Lights Rooms, from 6-9 pm. (Speakers are scheduled for 6:30 PM.)

Questions? Contact Pat Dillon at or 732 -224-2871

Next Meeting:



November 25, 2019
“The Impact of Declining Honeybee Populations and Adventures of an Amateur Beekeeper”
Robert Gant
Adjunct Professor and Instructional Assistant – Brookdale Community College

October 28, 2019
“The Critical Relationship between Migrating Red Knots and Horseshoe Crab Populations in the Delaware Bay and Raritan Watershed”
Tim Dillingham
Executive Director, American Littoral Society

September 23, 2019
“The Greening of the Arctic”
Dave Grant, Conservation Director, Shark Research Institute

June 24, 2019
“Yes You Can! Citizen Work to Improve the Environment”

April 22, 2019
“The Sustainable Energy Triad; Solar, Wind and Wave. Will New Jersey take the lead?”
Rick F. van Hemmen, PE

March 25, 2019
“Whales in NJ and NY Waters”
Paul Sieswerda
Executive Director, Gotham Whale

February 25, 2019
“Climate Change Solutions”
Dr. Jan Dash & Ms. Lynn Dash
Climate Change Lobby

January 28, 2019
“Digging for History at Sandy Hook”
Dr. Richard Veit
Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University

November 26, 2018
Searching for the “Lighthouse Fort and the Refugee Town” on Sandy Hook, Public Archaeology at a Storied Historical Site
Dr. Richard Veit,
Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University

October 22, 2018
Rescuing the River, “The Raritan”
A documentary by Eric Schultz, Narrated by Avery Brooks)
Moderated by Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper
September 24, 2018
The Constitution and the Environment
Maya Van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper

May 21, 2018

April 23, 2018
Environmental Justice
Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director, Center for the Urban Environment, Thomas Edison State College

March 26, 2018
Supporting Environmental Science
Claire Antonucci, Executive Director, NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Sandy Hook

February 26, 2018
The Truth About Climate Change
Steve & Pat Miller, Al Gore Trainees

January 22, 2018
Challenges to Safeguarding New Jersey’s Environment
Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club

November 27, 2017
Climate Change and Our Potable Water Supply
Dr. Dan Van Abs, Rutgers University

October 23, 2017
Mountain Climbing
Mr. Bruno Hamann, Mountain Climber & Photographer

Sept. 25, 2017
The Future of the Great Barrier Reef
Dr. Marian Glenn, Seton Hall University

June 26, 2017
Yes, You Can! – Celebrating the Efforts of Local Environmentalists

May 22, 2017
Will a Carbon Tax Save Humanity?
John Burke, Specialist Professor of Finance, Monmouth University

April 24, 2017
High Tech Environmental Sleuthing
Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN)

March 27, 2017
The Lives of NJ/NY Turtles and Other Species
Dr. Russell Burke, Professor of Biology, Hofstra University.

February 27, 2017
BATTLES OF MIDWAY – Birds, Biologists and Battleships in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean
Dave Grant, Deputy Director of the Shark Research Institute in Princeton

January 23, 2017
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

November 28, 2016
Preventing Commercial Development at Liberty State Park
Greg Remaud, Deputy Director of NY/NJ Baykeeper

October 24, 2016
Interdependence of Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs
Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society
Joe Reynolds, Monmouth County Park System Naturalist and long-time Adjunct Professor at Brookdale

September 26, 2016
Safeguarding Underground Water Supplies in the NJ Pinelands
Rich Bizub, Director for Water Programs, Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

June 27, 2016 – Yes You Can!
Local citizens will discuss their individual contributions to improving the environment – from planting dune grass to land rehabilitation and restoration.

May 23, 2016 – How Are We Doing? Environmental Report Card
Jeff Tittel, Director, New Jersey Sierra Club, will report on environmental progress and setbacks in New Jersey the past 12 months.

April 25, 2016 – Acidification of the Oceans
Dr. Matthew Poach, Marine Biogeochemist and Supervisor of the Ocean Acidification Laboratory, NOAA/NMFS, Howard Laboratory, Sandy Hook, will explain how acidification of the ocean environment can disrupt the marine food chain and affect the commercial fishing industry.

March 28, 2016  – Teaching the Teachers
Claire Antonucci, Executive Director of Education, NJ Sea Consortium, Sandy Hook, will discuss her organization’s efforts to introduce and support an environmental curriculum in New Jersey classrooms.

February 22, 2016 – Fracking Problems in NJ
Rita Yelda, Senior Organizer, NJ Food and Water Watch, will explain the how fracking wastes from other states can negatively impact NJ. Waste transport, treatment and pipeline construction will be discussed.

January 25, 2016 – Climate Challenges to Polar Bears and Yes, Sharks
David Grant, Deputy Director, Shark Research Institute, Princeton, will describe the many ways marine creatures – from polar bears to sharks – are challenged by global warming.

November 23, 2015 – Conservation of the Coastal Habitat
Presented by Dr. Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society. The health of the New Jersey’s coastal habitat is challenged continuously by climate change, severe weather events, and coastal development; Dr. Dillingham will discuss the importance of restoring and protecting New Jersey’s coastline and describe some defensive strategies to manage predicted rises in sea level.

October 26, 2015 – Views on the Climate
Presented by Rosemary Carey, spokesperson for Climate experts agree that a “safe” level of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere is 350 ppm (parts per million). The current atmospheric level of CO2 is 400 ppm, a number that is growing by 2 ppm every year. Carey will describe her organization’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions throughout the world. The Keystone XL pipeline, coal-fired power plants, and a plan to decrease carbon emissions in New Jersey will be discussed.

September 28, 2015 – The Mixed Blessing of Invasive Species
Presented by Dr. Pedram P. Daneshgar, Assistant Professor of Biology, Monmouth University. The increasing presence of invasive species is threatening the health and number of native species in New Jersey and throughout the world. Dr. Daneshgar will discuss the reasons why invasive populations are accelerating, and the disruptive impact this acceleration is having on NJ coastal environments and the NJ Pine Barrens. Efforts to restore native, rare and endangered plant species will be described.

April 27, 2015
DinoSoars in NJ . . . Still
Dr. Ken Lacovara, a Drexel University Paleontologist best known for his discovery of Dreadnought (Dreadnoughtus schrani) – the world’s largest dinosaur – will discuss fossil finds in NJ and the relationship between dinosaurs and modern day birds.

March 23, 2015
Butterfly Gardens, Community Gardens and Walking Trails
Three Monmouth County Environmentalists – Lisa Bagwell, Faith Teitelbaum, and Patrice McCoy – will describe projects individuals can undertake to improve local environments.

January 26, 2015
Conservation of the Coastal Habitat
Dr. Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society, will describe his organization’s efforts to conserve marine life and coastal habitat in the face of coastal development, superstorms, and climate change.

September 22, 2014
The Pros and Cons of Liquid Natural Gas
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June 23, 2014
Mapping Surface and Deep-Water Currents in the Atlantic Ocean Using Radar Systems and Underwater Drones
Guest Speaker: Ethan M. Handel, Research Project Coordinator for Rutgers Coastal Ocean Observation Lab.
Project Coordinator Handel will discuss the significance of surface and deep-water currents as well as his team’s efforts to map these currents using state-of-the-art radar systems and underwater drones. The drone program was recently described in a New York Times article.

May 19, 2014
Are NJ Environmental Regulations Properly Enforced?
Guest Speaker: Bill Wolfe, Director, NJ Field Office of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
PEER is a national, non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values. Guest speaker Bill Wolfe will describe the enforcement of environmental regulations in New Jersey.

April 28, 2014
NJ Food and Water Watch

March 24, 2014
Shipwrecks off the Jersey Coast
Guest Speaker: Dan Lieb, President, NJ Historical Divers Association; Director, Sunken Locomotive Project, NJ Museum of Transportation
There are about 5,000 shipwrecks off the New Jersey Coast. Mr. Lieb will discuss his organization’s efforts to research and preserve the shipwrecks as well as other historically significant underwater sites – including two underwater steam locomotives.

February 24, 2014
The Plight of the World’s Coral Reefs
Guest Speaker: Dr. Carrie Manfrino, President, Founder, and Director of Research and Conservation of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), Little Cayman Island and Professor, Rutgers and Kean Universities
Coral reefs, home to twenty-five percent of all marine species, are being damaged by global warming, bleaching, acidification, storm water runoff, over-fishing, and physical destruction. Dr. Carrie Manfrino will discuss the plight of the world’s coral reefs – from the Caribbean Sea to the Great Barrier Reef – and her organization’s efforts to protect reefs against environmental degradation.

January 27, 2014
NJ Audubon: Managing Forests and Native Environments in New Jersey
Guest Speakers: John Cecil, Vice President for Stewardship, NJ Audubon, and Don Donnelly, Audubon Stewardship Project Director and Forester
The speakers will describe NJ Audubon’s role in promoting active management and stewardship of habitat on public and private lands throughout the state. The NJ Healthy Forests Act will also be discussed.