Betsy McCully


Sept. 12, 2012, Kingsborough Community College. Guest panelist on the Brooklyn waterfront in the age of climate change.

Talk, March 29, 2012, "Fill-and-Build Manhattan." Guest Lecturer, CUNY School of Professional Studies, Nature of New York course.

Talk, Nov. 16, 2011, "Wildlife at the Water's Edge." Guest Speaker, New York University, Labowitz Theater, panel on "Wild NYC" with fellow guests Eric Sanderson, Rob Jett, and Bobby and Kathy Horvath.

View of Manhattan from Newtown Creek. Credit: Betsy McCully, 2009
Talk Nov. 16, 2009: "The Changing Nature of Newtown Creek." I was a featured speaker at a one-day conference, "In the Wake of the Half Moon: Environmental Transformation of the New York Metropolitan Region 1609-2109," sponsored by the CUNY Sustainable Cities Institute and held at Hunter College.
If you would like to see and hear the talk, click the two YouTube links below.

View of Hudson at Croton Point. Credit: Betsy McCully
Talk: "Seven Ways of Looking at the Hudson"
Sponsor: New York City Audubon
When: Wed. Sept. 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Arsenal Gallery, 64th and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Selected Works

“A natural history of a different stripe.”
–William B. Gallagher
"CITY AT THE WATER'S EDGE: A NATURAL HISTORY OF NEW YORK is a top pick for two audiences: any collection strong in New York City representation, and both college and specialty holdings strong in urban natural history and ecology topics. The author's a long-time urban dweller who argues that NYC has a rich natural history underlying its human history - and her 20+ years of nature exploration lends to chapters covering these natural areas. From an early New York region before Ellis Island immigrants to Manhattan's geological riches, CITY AT THE WATER'S EDGE makes for lively, involving reading." Midwest Book Review, 2007.