Science and Management of 21st Century Urban Parks

Science and Management of 21st Century Urban Parks

November 13, 2015

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About the Conference

Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT. 

The Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in partnership with the NYC Urban Field Station and 21st Century Parks is convening this conference to explore the future of urban parks given projections of increasing urbanization. Leading researchers, investors and land managers will explore a range of possibilities to meet needs for future populations including how science can guide better design solutions, and the role of private investment in public lands.

Schedule of Events

8:00am to 8:30am

Coffee & Registration

8:30am to 8:45am


Sir Peter Crane

8:45am to 9:00am

Keynote Address

Mitchell J. Silver

9:00am to 10:30am

Panel 1: Parks in Expanding and Contracting Cities

Rebecca Salminen Witt

Lisa Schroeder

Dr. Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Dr. Karen Seto, Yale School of Forestry

10:30am to 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:45am to 12:15pm

Panel 2: How Wild Can or Should Parks Be?

Dr. Suzanne Malec-McKenna

Dr. Liam Heneghan

Dr. Margaret Carreiro


Dr. Mark Bradford

12:15pm to 1:15pm


1:15pm to 2:45pm

Panel 3: Sustaining Parks

Sarah Charlop-Powers '09 MEM, Natural Areas Conservancy

Dr. Mark Wilson

Catherine Nagel


Brad Gentry

2:45pm to 3:15pm

Closing Keynote

Daniel Jones '06 MF

3:15pm to 3:45pm

Closing Coffee Reception