Todd Bittner is Cornell Botanic Gardens' director of natural areas, which comprise nearly 4,000 acres of biologically diverse nature preserves. 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, and to support educational and research uses, including the Botanic Gardens' Natural Areas Academy.
Todd is the chair of Cornell's Gorge Safety Committee and is a member of the Wellness Advisory Committee, the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board, the City of Ithaca's Natural Areas Committee, and the Center for Plant Conservation.
Todd has a BA in biology from North Central College and an MS in plant biology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He came to the Plantations in 2008 after 15 years of preserving and managing state and privately owned natural areas across Illinois.