Bard Faculty

Erik Kiviat

Research Associate; Executive Director, Hudsonia

Academic Expertise: Environmental and Urban Studies

Area of Specialization: Field biology and ecology


B.S., Bard College; M.A., SUNY New Paltz; Ph.D., Union Institute. Cofounder and executive director, Hudsonia Ltd. Research interests include ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, including those in estuarine or urban environments; ecology of the nonnative plants purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, and common reed, and their management; energy from weeds; impacts on biodiversity from energy development and other land uses; wetland-human interactions; the Hudson River. Many publications on wetland ecology, conservation science and policy, rare species, invasive plants, Hudson Valley natural history, human ecology, and recycling. Author or coauthor, The Northern Shawangunk Mountains: An Ecological Survey; Biodiversity Assessment Manual for the Hudson River Estuary Corridor; Biodiversity Assessment Handbook for New York City.


  • Research Interests: Invasive plant ecology and management; turtles; other rare species and their habitats; Hudson River tidal wetlands and shores; wetland ecology and management; human-environment interactions; ethnobotany
  • Teaching Interests: Research collaborations with students; workshops for professionals


2013 — Publication
Risks to biodiversity from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales. The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2012, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1286:1–14.

2013 — Publication
Ecosystem services of Phragmites in North America with emphasis on habitat functions. AoB Plants 2013, doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plt008. 29 p.

2009-09-05 — Publication
Two invited chapters for Tidal Freshwater Wetlands (Barendregt et al., Backhuys Publishers, 2009)


Phone: 845-758-7273
Departments: Ecology Field Station,Hudsonia
Location: Bard College Field Station
Office: 203 (by appointment only)