Dr Walter Bien at New Jersey Symphony Winter Festival
January 16, 2012 — Science met art when Dr. Walter Bien, research professor in the Department of Biology, participated in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival celebration of the role of fire in human life and myth. The theme for the evening was “When Fire Gives Life: A Look at the Heroism of Fire in Nature." Dr. Bien joined Dr. Emile DeVito of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Carleton Montgomery of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance to discuss the ecological role fire plays in natural systems. Walter F. Bien is the principal investigator for research conducted at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Burlington County, N.J. His research focuses primarily on natural resource management, restoration ecology, conservation biology and Pinelands community dynamics. Current research at Warren Grove Range includes a floral survey of threatened and endangered plant species, rare plant community analysis, fire management assessment, forest restoration assessment, invasive plant survey, reptile and amphibian survey, radiotelemetry study of the spatial ecology of the northern pine snake and timber rattlesnake, small mammal survey, water-quality assessment and freshwater fish survey.