Dr. Stevens Heckscher, a founding member of FNJP, will provide occasional original pieces describing his thoughts on plants, communities and the ecology of New Jersey. The first in this series is “Orchids in Winter?” The paper is available on the Download page.
Stevens Heckscher received his doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University and describes himself as a hybrid between a mathematician and an ecologist. He specializes in classification and description of plant communities using powerful computer tools, and is currently working on research projects in New Jersey and the Florida Keys. He retired from the Natural Lands Trust of Media, PA, in 2003, and is currently Vice-chair of the Flora of New Jersey Project. He was lead author of a recent paper on the Burden Hill Forest in Salem County, NJ, which has been reproduced elsewhere on this website.