The New York Flora Association welcomes you

All interested persons are invited to join the New York Flora Association, a membership-based organization dedicated to the promotion of field botany and greater understanding of the plants that grow in the wild in New York State. Ours is a non-profit group funded largely by member dues and gifts, but we may also accept grant funds.



President Anna M. Stalter Associate Curator and Extension Botanist, LH Bailey Hortorium Herbarium (BH), Ithaca, NY Term Exp: 2019
Vice President Molly Marquand Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator Term Exp: 2020
Treasurer Joseph McMullen Environmental Consultant/Botanist, Liverpool, NY Term Exp: 2020
Secretary Steve Young Chief Botanist, New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY Term Exp: 2018
  Daniel Atha Director of Conservation Outreach, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. Term Exp: 2019
  Steven Daniel Botanist and Naturalist, Nature Discoveries, Rochester, NY Term Exp: 2020
  Emily DeBolt Owner, Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, Hartford, NY Term Exp: 2019
  Ed Frantz Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve Manager, NYS DOT, Utica, NY Term Exp: 2019
  Ed Fuchs Owner, Wise Oak Floristics, East Aurora, NY  Term Exp: 2020
  Michael Hough Lecturer, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY Term Exp: 2019
  Andrew Nelson Botanist, Oswego, NY Term Exp: 2018
  Richard M. Ring Botanist, New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY Term Exp: 2018
  Dan Spada President, Adirondack Research Consortium, Tupper Lake, NY Term Exp: 2018
  David Werier Botanical and Ecological Consultant, Willseyville, NY Term Exp: 2019
  Connie Tedesco Field Botanist, Hartwick, NY Term Exp: 2014

Daniel Atha, Director of Conservation Outreach, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
B.A. Biology (2001); City University of New York, New York, NY.
Daniel has conducted field work in all 50 US states, as well as Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize and the former Soviet Union. His work is focused on three areas of botany in service of conservation: floristics, taxonomy, and applied botany. In the area of floristics, he published a catalog of the plants of Belize and is finishing a flora of New York City's Central Park and is co-leading the New York City EcoFlora project- a citizen science effort to document the spontaneous flora of New York City and the ecological associations. He discovered two new species of knotweed for North America, one of which was found in New York City. In taxonomy, he published two species new to science and is currently working on a monograph of a section of the copper-leaf genus of Central America. In applied botany, he has collected plant material for Merck, Pfizer, The National Cancer Institute, L’Oreal, Cornell Weill Medical Center and many other organizations. Two plants he worked on have potent activity against neuroblastoma and another one shows promise in treating Leukemia. He has taught anatomy and systematic botany courses at The New York Botanical Garden and is currently teaching a course on herbarium specimen preparation.

STEVEN DANIEL, Naturalist and Botanist, Nature Discoveries, Rochester, NY
M.S. Science and Environmental Education (1978); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
B.S. Nature Study and Elementary Ed. (1975); Empire State College, Rochester, NY
Steven has spent most of his adult life immersed in natural history – including plants, insects, herps, birds, and mushrooms. An early retirement from teaching offered the opportunity to develop Nature Discoveries, an ecotour company he co-founded, and has led some 140 trips to some of the world’s finest natural areas. He was a founder and the first president of the Rochester Area Mycological Association. He developed biotic inventories and master plans for The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack and Great Gully preserves and the Genesee Country Museum’s Nature Center. He teaches Field Natural History (a class he developed over 30 years ago) at Monroe Community College. Current interests have focused on graminoids, Odonata, and Lepidoptera. Now semi-retired, he spends much of his time exploring the great ecological treasures of New York’s North Country.

EMILY DEBOLT, Owner, Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, Hartford, NY
M.P.S Environmental and Forest Biology (2006); SUNY ESF.
B.A. Arts and Science (2004); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Emily owns Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, which specializes in native plants for sustainable landscapes. She has years of experience working with natives as alternatives to invasives, as well as natives for rain gardens, pollinator gardens, shoreline buffers, and more. She is past Director of Education at the Lake George Association, a non-profit environmental organization and the past Regional Program Manager for the Saratoga Region of NYS Parks. Emily is a Certified Nursery Landscape Professional through the NYS Nursery and Landscape Association and a NYSNLA director for Region 3. Emily was selected as the 2012 recipient of the New York Native Plant Conservationist of the Year by the New York Flora Association.

ED FRANTZ, Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve Manager, New York State Department of Transportation, Utica, NY
B.S. (Dual) Resource Management and Forest Biology (1988); SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
A.S. Natural Resource management (1985); SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, NY.
Ed is the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve Manager for NYSDOT. He has worked for NYSDOT for the past 20 years including a position as a Regional Environmental Manager. Prior to that Mr. Frantz worked 6 years for the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation as a Wetlands Specialist. Ed has a broad working experience of many environmental areas and has been involved in over 1000 projects in every area of development, including: transportation, utilities, agricultural, industrial, residential and commercial. Raising understandings and finding balance between society needs and our environment has been a primary focus in his career. He currently serves on the board of the NYS Wetlands Forum, is a former Chairman of the NYS Flora Association, a member of the Abstract Review Team for the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, founding member of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, a former board member for the NYS Invasive Plant Council, and serves on the National Research Council- Transportation Research Board: Committee on Ecology and Transportation (ADC 30).

ED FUCHS, Owner, Wise Oak Floristics, East Aurora, NY
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Ed is retired from the metal fabrication industry, where was a project manager. He has had an interest in botany and conservation for most of his adult life. He is a past president and an active member of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. For the last 10 years, he's been working at the Clinton Herbarium at the Buffalo Museum of Science, to help curate and manage the collections there. Ed owns Wise Oak Floristics and works for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, where he keeps track of their collections. He has been a member of NYFA for about 20 years.

MICHAEL HOUGH, Lecturer, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY
M.S. Plant Ecology (2008); SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY.
B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology (2006); SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY.
A.A.S. Horticulture (2004); College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL.
A.A.S. Fine Art (1995); Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY.
Michael is a full-time lecturer at SUNY Cortland and teaches occasionally at SUNY-ESF. He has led many outings for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society and the Leatherstocking Botanical Society, and co-hosted the Carex Workshop at SUNY Cortland for NYFA in 2014 and 2015. He is actively compiling local county floras (Cortland and Onondaga) and updating the SUNY Cortland Herbarium (CORT).

MOLLY J. MARQUAND, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator and writer, Neversink, NY
M.S. Conservation and Taxonomy of Plant Diversity (2011); University of Reading, England.
B.S. Ecology (2006); Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
Molly is the co-founder of the Catskill Native Plant Society and current coordinator of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership. In past positions at the New England Wildflower Society and the New York City Parks Department Molly conducted rare plant surveys around the six New England states, and vegetation mapping within the core areas of some of the city's largest parks. She currently also serves as a seed collector for the Greenbelt Native Plant Center in Staten Island- an organization that collects seed for use in restoration projects, and for conservation purposes. As a freelance writer, Molly writes about the natural world and has had her work published in National Geographic Online, the Longwood Botanic Garden Journal, and Edible Hudson Valley, among others. She joined the NYFA in 2014.

JOSEPH McMULLEN, Environmental Consultant/Botanist, Liverpool, NY
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M.S. Biology/Botany (1974); West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
B.S. Biology (1971); St. Francis College, Loretto, PA.
Joe is retired from the environmental consulting firm Terrestrial Environmental Specialists, Inc., where he was President and one of the founders. He has worked over 40 years in the consulting business. He has performed botanical studies in all the states in the northeastern U.S., Alaska, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Wetlands/habitat restoration and wetland vegetation are his main interests, along with plant habitat characteristics and ferns. Joe is certified as a Professional Wetlands Scientist and as an Adjunct Professor taught a wetlands class at the Rochester Institute of Technology for several years. He is active in presentations on plant identification and habitat information. He has been involved with the NYFA since its inception and attended the original meeting organized by Dick Mitchell in March 1988.

ANDREW NELSON, Botanist, Oswego, NY
PhD. Botany (1962); University of California, Berkeley, CA.
M.S. Botany (1959); SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
B.S. General Forestry (1958); SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Andy retired in 2007 after serving as a member of the teaching faculty in Biology and Director of Rice Creek Field Station at SUNY College at Oswego. While at Oswego he was active in efforts to describe and characterize Bog Turtle habitats in the fens of the Lake Ontario Coastal Plain. His interests in retirement include plant photography and plant inventories of sites on the eastern portion of the Lake Ontario coastal plain and in the City of Oswego. He is also working to resurrect and develop a herbarium at SUNY Oswego.

RICHARD M. RING, Botanist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY
M.S. Forest Ecology (1998); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
B.S. Biology (1991); Earlham College, Richmond, IN.
Rich is a botanist and ecologist who has worked primarily on landscape ecology, natural areas inventories, habitat requirements of breeding passerine birds, and rare plant species distribution and conservation. Previously he has pursued these interests across ridge, swale, and tussock for the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, and the Alaska Bird Observatory.  Raised in Washington County, New York, he began studying rare plant species across New York for the New York Natural Heritage Program in 2006.

DAN SPADA, President, Adirondack Research Consortium, Tupper Lake, NY
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M.S. Environmental and Forest Biology (Plant Ecology) (1985); SUNY ESF, Syracuse.
B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology (1982); SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY.
A.S. Biological Sciences (1980); Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY.
A.A.S. Forestry/Forest Recreation (1976); Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, NY.
Dan retired from the Adirondack Park Agency in 2012 after a 27+ year career, where he served as Supervisor of the Resource Analysis and Scientific Services division since 2005. He has been a member of the NYFA since its inception. He co-authored the NYS Freshwater Wetlands Delineation Manual (1995), and developed the NYS Adirondack Park Agency Compensatory Wetlands Mitigation Guidelines (1996). Dan is a member of the Adirondack Botanical Society and serves as the President of the Adirondack Research Consortium. Dan has been an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Plattsburgh for the course "Wetlands Ecology and Management" and has regularly guest lectured at Cornell University and Paul Smith's College on wetlands ecology and landscape scale environmental assessment. He is a professional musician playing bass in a jazz band. Winter will find him on Nordic skates on wild lake ice and summer will find him hiking, biking and kayaking.

ANNA M. STALTER, Associate Curator and Extension Botanist at the L. H. Bailey Hortorium Herbarium at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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M.S. (1994); Ph.D. (2000); Natural Resources (Forest Science), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
B.S. Biology/Ecology, (1990); SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY.
A.A.S. Lab Technology, (1977); SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY.
Anna is a plant ecologist who holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell and her research and teaching efforts focus on the plant communities of New York and the northeastern U.S. In addition to serving as President for NYFA, she currently serves as President of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society and as Vice-Chair of Ithaca’s Natural Areas Commission.

DAVID WERIER, Botanical and Ecological Consultant, Willseyville, NY
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B.A. Biological Sciences (1989); SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
David's botanical interests focus on understanding the vascular plant taxa of eastern North America (primarily New York State) through field work in conjunction with herbarium and literature research. His work often centers on conservation of the flora of this region. One project he is currently involved in is the New York Flora Atlas project (, which aims to create an accurate and up to date checklist of New York State plants including NYS distributions based on vouchered specimens. He is one of the founders of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society.

STEVE YOUNG, Chief Botanist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY
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M.S. Taxonomic Botany (1985); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
B.S. Environmental and Resource Management (1974); SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York.
In his 25th year as chief botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, Steve is in charge of the collection, organization, and dissemination of New York's rare plant information. He is the author of the Rare Plant Status Lists and the Rare Plant Conservation Guides. He is one of the founders of the Invasive Plant Council of New York State (now part of DEC) and the Adirondack Botanical Society. Steve is a past president of the New York Flora Association.