EAST BRUNSWICK – Join ecologist Elena Tartaglia for a short talk highlighting the roles of moths in the environment at the East Brunswick Public Library on June 5.

The discussion is June 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Designed for ages 8 and up.

Tartaglia earned her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University and is currently an assistant professor at Bergen Community College.

Her current research focuses the developmental trajectory of the microbiome of various lepidopterans. She is also an expert on moths of the family Sphingidae and has studied various aspects of their ecology and behavior in urban systems, their nectar diets, and their role as pollinators in the urban landscape of the NJ-NY metropolitan area.

Tartaglia has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drew University and has worked as an environmental educator for NJ Audubon Society and as an educator, native plant propagator and meadow restorationist for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

This program is part of the Option Green series and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.

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