Research and Learning

American Chestnut Restoration Project

American Chestnut trees are one of the most important tree species in American history. The trees provided timber, food source, inspiration for artifacts and many other elements in our lives and shaped American lifestyle. However, by the 1930s, blight caused drastic decline and the trees were known extinct. Blight is a disease that is caused by Asian Bark Fungus, from China.

Scientist modified and created a blight-resistant American Chestnut species, using the Chinese Chestnut trees that successfully adopted to the attack of Asian Bark Fungus. Several Graduate Students and the members of FASP has been planting Blight-Resistant American Chestnut trees all over the Preserve to bring back the original ecosystem and American landscape back to the area.


Several researches that used the Preserve as a topic was presented at various academic events

  • URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Research Fair
  • Long Island Natural History Conference
  • International Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Stony Brook University Earth Day Research Exhibition
  • School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Honors Conference

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses at Stony Brook University

The legacy of Dr. Ashley Schiff and the rich environmental and aesthetic values of the Preserve inspired many artists and students/faculties as well.

  • School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Department of Music
  • School of Journalism
  • Department of Ecology and Evolution
  • Sustainability Studies Program
  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The courses that uses the Preserve as a topic includes…

  • Research in Ecosystems and Human Impact
  • Research in Sustainability Studies
  • Human Ecology
  • Ecology Lab
  • GIS Design and Application
  • Art, Architecture & Environment
  • Natural History of Long Island
  • Collective Action and Advocacy
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Geology of Long Island
  • Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Environmental Geology
  • Plant Diversity
  • Environmental Geology Lab
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Field Geology
  • Aquatic Anthropods & Vertebra
  • Field Geology for Earth Science Teachers
  • Research for Earth Science Teachers
  • Entomology
  • Long Island Ecology
  • Plant Ecology Project – WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) 2003

Citizen Science Project

If you’d like to learn more about what animal/plant species lives in the Preserve, you can learn and help us too! download app on your phone – iNaturalist – and upload pictures of the new species you found. you’ll be able to find the location, common and scientific names, and opinions of the experts from all over the world! Click the link below to learn more