Plenary Presentations

Monday, August 27, 2018 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Gulf Plenary Keynote Address

Susanne Toriente

Susanne M. Torriente

Assistant City Manager/Chief Resiliency Officer
City of Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL

Susanne will present the closing keynote address at the end of the Gulf of Mexico-themed plenary session - Gulf Ecosystem Restoration: What Does Success Look Like? As the Chief Resiliency Officer in a city tackling the challenges of sea level rise head on, Susanne Torriente will talk about the scale and complexity of scaling resilience planning and action at a city, county and regional level; as well as fully integrating resilience thinking into an organization’s corporate culture and strategic budget process.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Adaptive Management Planning and Implementation in Ecological Restoration

Barry Gold

Barry Gold

Director, Environment Program
Walton Family Foundation
Washington DC

A changing climate is forcing individuals, communities, businesses and governments to adapt. More frequent and more severe storms, prolonged droughts, and rising seas are among the challenges we all must confront as a “new normal” where we are working. This new approach is certainly true for those of us involved in coastal restoration. Barry Gold will talk about how the Walton Family Foundation is adapting its strategies, approaches and measures of success in the face of a changing climate, and what this means for the larger issue of the restoration of coastal wetlands across the Gulf of Mexico.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Integrating Science into Decision Making:
Linking River Management and Coastal Restoration

Peter Goodwin

Peter Goodwin

President
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD

Water quality and quantity have broad impacts including ecosystem health, agricultural and fishery resources, and quality of life. Environmental managers face challenges from estimating effectiveness of restoration practices, competing stakeholder requests, and potentially high financial and societal costs. Peter Goodwin will speak about his experiences applying ecohydraulic (linkages between physical processes, management actions, and ecological responses) principles while serving as the Lead Scientist for the California Delta Science Program as well as a former member of the CALFED Independent Science Board.


Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Bridging Upland and Coastal Restoration at the Watershed Scale:
Restoring North America’s Amazon to its Natural State

P.J. Marshal

P.J. Marshall

Co-Founder
Restore the Earth Foundation Inc
Ithaca, New York Area

At the Paris Agreement discussions about Climate Change, the buzz was about the potential for landscape scale restoration of forests and wetlands to reduce global warming by 0.5°C, twenty-five percent of the 2°C reduction goal. Restore the Earth is restoring 1 million acres in the Mississippi River Basin and its coastal wetlands, “North America’s Amazon”. P.J. Marshall will share the business case Restore the Earth developed and implemented in the gulf coast, securing major private and public investment in landscape-scale restoration. This project is a business-led model that leverages private funds to access public funds, can be scaled and replicated and is supported by the EcoMetrics™ to account, verify and report on the multiple benefits and value for multiple stakeholders.


Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Wrapping-up with the Big Picture: Science Communications and Stakeholder Engagement – The Future of Restoration

Don Boesch

Don Boesch

Professor of Marine Science
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Annapolis, MD

Throughout this conference multiple presentations and plenary talks will have focused on restoring coastal ecosystems under multiple threats including continued growth and development pressures, pollution loading, a warming climate, and increasing rates of sea level rise. Don Boesch, relying on his vast scientific experience in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico, will summarize the important take-away messages from this conference in the context of federal and state environmental leadership (or lack thereof) while identifying important next steps for the scientific and management communities.

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Hosting Organizations

UF/IFAS

Society of Ecological Restoration

Premier Sponsor

Walton Family Foundation

Partnering Organizations

CWPPRA

GSA

Stantec

AECOM




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