Jay F. Kelly, PhD, associate professor of biology and environmental science at Raritan Valley Community College, will present the results of his research on the impacts of overabundant deer and invasive plant species on forests in northern central New Jersey and the effectiveness of different tools for forest restoration. Since 2014, he and his students have studied over 250 forests in northern NJ, documenting how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th century, when deer and invasive plant populations were much lower. They also have studied the effectiveness of different forest restoration strategies—including deer exclosures, hunting programs, prescribed burning and native plantings. Jay F. Kelly holds a BA in biology and a PhD in ecology & evolution, both from Rutgers University. His research interests are the biology and conservation of rare plant and animal species, coastal and forest ecology, and the design and implementation of ecological land management practices that balance the needs of humans with other species in the landscape. He received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his research and service in 2010.