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Todd Bittner

Todd Bittner

House Fellow
Director, Natural Areas
Cornell University's Botanical Gardens, Arboretum, and
Natural Areas

Plantations' mission is to preserve and enhance diverse horticultural collections and natural areas for the enrichment and education of the academic community and the general public, and in support of scientific research. The natural areas program is the steward of nearly 4,000 acres of biologically diverse nature preserves, representing nearly all the natural community types and rarest plant habitats in the central Finger Lakes region. These holdings include several beloved Cornell landscapes including Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges, Beebe Lake, Fall Creek Valley, McLean Bogs, and Ringwood Ponds. Todd leads the organization's efforts to conserve native biodiversity and maintain the natural quality of these outdoor classrooms, to facilitate access and compatible recreational use, to support educational and research uses, and to preserve and steward these unique lands for future generations.

Todd has a B.A. in biology from North Central College and an M.S. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and came to Plantations in 2008 after 15 years of preserving and managing state and privately owned natural areas across Illinois. He lives nearby on top of Mount Pleasant with his wife Tonya, daughter Shannon, and son Colby.