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Professor of Biological Sciences

My main interests are paleobotany, ethnobotany / economic botany and the use of plants by native populations.  I am also concern with environmental issues dealing with sea level rising, and the usage of aquatic plants as ecological bioremediators.  I obtained a Ph.D. in plant Sciences from the Graduate Center of the City University of NY and the New York Botanical Gardens.  After several years of corporate work as a Wetland specialist and Environmental Scientists, I join the School of Natural Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University.   

I am currently serving as an FDU representative at United Nations CoNGO Committee on Sustainable Development and Co-chairing the Metropolitan Campus Green Campus Committee.  As a Civiliti volunteer and advisor, I have:


  • Introduced and collaborated with several EcoArtists  and animation person who created the book animation used in the Civiliti 101 fundraising video.

  • contributed with key scientific advise to Climate Change documentaries and  environmental TV programs that have been seen by hundreds of viewers on our YouTube Channel.

  • wrote environmental messages for Green Heart CD  cover

  • preformed Civiliti television interview  with Barbara Zimmerman, Director of the Kayapó Project.

  • continue to contribute with scientific advise for the permaculture clean up of the Maria Bonita goldmine on the Kayapo Territory in Brazil

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Alice Benzecry

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