Greg Edinger

Chief Ecologist


greg.edinger@dec.ny.gov
gjedginge@esf.edu
+1 (518) 402-8947

New York Natural Heritage Program
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4757

B.A. Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology (1984), University of Colorado.
Graduate Study in Ecology (1990s), Rutgers University, NJ

In his role as Chief Ecologist for the NY Natural Heritage Program Greg has led a team of ecologists for 25 years on various projects inventorying, classifying, mapping, and documenting natural communities across the state. He is the lead editor of the 2014 revised edition of Ecological Communities of NYS. He oversaw biodiversity inventories of over 100 NYS DEC Wildlife Management Areas and vegetation mapping of seven sites administered by National Park Service in NY. In 2010, he was one of the principal authors of the EPA Ecoregions of NY map and poster. Over the years, Greg has sampled and mapped several hundred ecological communities across the state, including globally rare types as the marl fen at Junius Ponds, the Hempstead Plain grassland in Nassau County, and the dwarf pine ridges in the Shawangunk Mountains. Prior to coming to NY, he worked with the PA Natural Heritage Program conducting county natural area inventories in the Pocono Mountains and as an Environmental Educator with Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA.