"Trip To Mannahatta" with New York Prize Fellow Eric W. Sanderson
Open to Van Alen Institute Members and Fellows
Thursday, October 23, 2008
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Join Dr. Eric W. Sanderson, VAI-SSRC New York Prize Fellow and founder of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Mannahatta Project, on a walking tour of the Flatiron District as it existed in 1609. Dr. Sanderson’s evocative visual mapping of pre-urban Manhattan – known as “Mannahatta” by the Lenni Lenape who lived here – will frame the imagined exploration of local pitch pine forests crowning the Sand Hills, a spring running along Fifth Avenue, and the groves of green oak-hickory flaring in mid-fall.
The tour will depart from Van Alen Institute at 5:30pm, and will return for a reception and discussion with Dr. Sanderson at 7:00pm. This event is limited to 25 members and their guests; please RSVP to rvsp[at]vanalen.org by Tuesday, October 21.
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Eric W. Sanderson is a landscape ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), based at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. His work occurs at the boundary of ecology and geography; his interests are in developing sustainable relationships between humanity and the rest of nature at all scales. He is a conservation planner, working to save wildlife and wild places in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sanderson is a cartographer, leading a team which mapped the Human Footprint, the first ever map of humanity’s impact on the planet. He also founded the Mannahatta Project, an effort to reconstruct the historical ecology of Manhattan island at the moment of European discovery in 1609. Sanderson received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 1998; he also holds a B.A.S. in English Literature and Biochemistry from Davis (1989.)