Alice Benzecry

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better- it's not" The Lorax - Dr. Suess

My background includes Botany and Environmental Sciences. I currently teach Microbiology and Aquatic vegetation courses. My main interests are Paleobotany, Environmental Issues dealing with Sea level rising, aquatic plants, ethnobotany / economic botany and the use of plants and their microflora as ecological bioremediators.
I am the Co- chair of the Green Campus Committee. I am also the adviser for the Metropolitan Campus student GREEN Club.
I am currently serving as an FDU representative at United Nations CoNGO Committee on Sustain able Development

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

2012 Getting the Most from Surface Elevation Table- Marker Horizon (SET-MH) Installations presented at the 9th Intecol conference

2011 Using GIS to Assess Salt Marsh Submergence in the New York Metropolitan Region . International Symposium on Environmental Protection and Planning: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Applications (ISEPP, Izmir - Turkey.

2009 Effectiveness of a novel sediment capping technology, AquaBlok, as a biological barrier between contaminated sediments and biota. Presented at SETAC North America 30th Annual Meeting .

2008 Salt Marsh Submergence and Sea Level Rise in the New York Metropolitan area. Global Change and the function and distribution of wetlands workshop presented at the 8th Intecol conference.

2007 Experimental Method Toward In-Situ Burial And Floral Restoration Of Contaminated Sites In Submerged Wetlands. presented at the MEADOWLANDS SYMPOSIUM II

PUBLICATIONS

Greenhouse Experimental Methods Towards in- situ Burial and Restoration of Contaminated Sites in Submerged Wetlands American Journal of Environmental Engeneering, 2012 p-ISSN: 2166-4633

Field Notes on Thalassia testudinum Banks ex König growing under stress conditions European Journal of Environment 2012

Using GIS to Assess Salt Marsh Submergence in the New York Metropolitan Region . International Symposium on Environmental Protection and Planning: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Applications (ISEPP), 2011 Izmir - Turkey.

A new hydrocharitacean seagrass from the Eocene of Florida Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2008, 157, 19–30

Canastos- Ethnobotany and its economic importance Economic Botany 59(3):290-294. 2005

ONGOING RESEARCH:

Measuring Wetland Change in the Hackensack River and the Meadowlands.
MERI Using Sediment Elevation Tables (SETs) and core analyzes to estimate both recent accretion and subsidence rates in selected marsh areas of the Hackensack Meadowlands. Data collected from the SETs will be use to demonstrate potential impacts of sea-level rise on marshes within the Meadowlands.

Extraction of natural bioactive molecules present on the stem of bignoniaceous vines
Among the isolated fractions, we found antibacterial and antifungal substances. We are continue to isolate, identify and test other bioactive molecules.

Links of interest:

NYC Parks Department
INPE
DEC


Short Abstract

University College

School of Natural Sciences
1000 River Road, (H-DH4-03)
Teaneck, NJ 07666


Courses I teach

Fall Semester
BIOL 3225/3226 General Microbiology
BIOL 6761 Advancements in Microbiology

Spring Semester 
BIOL 2125/2126 Microbiology for the Health Sciences


Are you interested in environmental issues? Join us, become a member of the GREEN club or the Green Campus Committee.