Landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson takes us back to what the isle of Manhattan must have looked like back in 1609. Sanderson combed through historical and archaeological records, geographically matched an 18th-century map of Manhattan to the modern cityscape, and used modern principles of ecology and computer modeling to re-create the wilds of the island four centuries ago. The book Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is filled with illustrations. Visit the interactive Mannahatta Project website. The exhibition "Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City," is on view May 20 through Oct 12 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Event: Eric W. Sanderson will be speaking at the World Science Festival
Thursday, June 11th, at 6:30 pm
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
More information here.