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ANDREW M. GRELLER, Ph.D.
Recipient, "2014 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Andrew M. Greller, Ph.D. as a recipient of a 2014 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Dr. Greller will be honored on Wednesday, April 30th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
Please help support Dr. Greller in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.
Proceeds support the Science Museum of Long Island's programs and services for the children and families of the region!
A summary of Dr. Greller's impressive list of accomplishments:
Andrew Greller, a native New Yorker, received the Ph.D. from Columbia University, in 1967. He is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York (CUNY). Throughout his 30-year career at Queens College, he taught numerous college and university-level courses on botany, ecology and bioclimatology. He continues to be accredited to the graduate program in Biology at CUNY. He is a Research Associate of the New York Botanical Garden and, formerly, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He is a member of or on the boards of several botanical and educational NGO's. He leads field trips and presents lectures on a wide range of botanical and ecological topics.
He won National Science Foundation (NSF) awards to participate in ecological research at theInstituteofArcticand Alpine Research (1970-72, INSTAAR),UniversityofColorado. He took a sabbatical leave in 1974 at theUniversityofCalifornia—Davis, where he audited courses by Barbour, Major, Webster and Axelrod, in the Botany Department. Working under the great paleobotanist, Daniel I. Axelrod, he studiedFloridaclimate, vegetation, and paleontology. He then developed vegetation-climate analyses of theDeciduousForestregion, easternMexico, all of easternNorth America, and most recently, comparisons across the Northern Hemisphere. He published results in leading scientific journals. He reviewed natural vegetation of North and Central America for a book edited by D.Lentz on Pre-Columbian life of the Americans, published by Columbia University Press. Further, he presented a paper to the XII International Association of Vegetation Scientists conference, in Ensenada, Mexico, on the “Bioclimatology of Evergreen Sclerophyll Woodlands.” That is the zonal type of vegetation for Mediterranean Basin and climatically similar areas of the world.
In 1980, for his second sabbatical leave, he won a Fulbright Senior Lectureship and spent nearly a year in Sri Lanka, and later in south India, where he undertook research on composition, bioclimatology, and leaf-size analyses of tropical forests. He made important contributions to rainforest ecology in a number of publications, including one now In Press.
He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, gaining in-depth knowledge of the biology of Caribbean region, Mexico, Galapagos Islands, the Mediterranean Basin, eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India, Thailand, and Japan; Australia and New Zealand. He voyaged around Cape Horn, studying Valdivian and Magellanic rainforests, the pampas and the steppes of Patagonia. In the summer of 2008 he visited Alaska and Suriname; in the fall New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces. In the winters of 2009 and 2011, he visited Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. And in spring 2010, he toured the Baja California Peninsula, from Ensenada to los Cabos, with a group of vegetation scientists. Trips in Spring/Summer 2011 and 2012 included Danube River capitols; and trips to Romania, Estonia, New Caledonia and Fiji for native flora. In 2013, he visited Baltic capitols in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia. For 2014, he is planning trips to Hawaii, Scotland and northern Italy.
The 2014 ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. For more information, Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
When & Where
Science Museum of Long Island
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. SMLI provides teachers and community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically pre-registered hands-on science workshops.