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Sunday, August 26, 2018

3:00pm-7:00pm

Conference Registration Opens and Poster Presenters and Sponsors Move-In Displays
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

7:30am-5:30pm

Conference Registration Open
[Acadia Ballroom Foyer -Level 3]

7:30am-8:30am

Early Morning Refreshments in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Opening Plenary Session
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salons D & E - Level 3]
8:30am Welcome & Introductions
Matt Grabau,
Conference Co-Chair, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Tucson, AZ, and, President, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration

Ryan Clark,
Conference Co-Chair, Research Scientist, The Water Institute, and Immediate Past President, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Baton Rouge, LA

8:45am Gulf of Mexico Plenary Session Introduction and Overview
Nicholas G. Aumen, Regional Science Advisor - South Florida, Center for Collaborative Research, US Geological Survey, Davie, FL
Brittany M. Bernik, Science Policy Fellow - NASEM Gulf Research Program, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, New Orleans, LA

 

Plenary Session: Gulf of Mexico - Defining Restoration Success from the Local to National Level

8:30am-5:00pm

A series of four panels will focus on a different aspect or component of restoration in order to address the following question from multiple angles: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration - What Does Success Look Like? Panelists represent a diverse cross-section of disciplines including scientists, decision-makers, restoration planners, and funders, from the Gulf Region and across the nation. This series is designed to provoke new ideas by engaging audience participants and facilitating dialogue among panel experts, furthering our understanding of restoration challenges, lessons-learned, and future opportunities. In keeping with the broader conference theme, what successful ecosystem restoration looks like will be examined from the local to national level, with a focus on identifying, measuring, achieving and communicating restoration goals. These discussions will also explore how restoration in the Gulf is influenced by work done elsewhere and how lessons learned in the Gulf might apply to other regions.

Panel Session Agenda:
9:00am - 10:15am Panel 1: Restoration Planning for Success (Watch Video)
10:15am - 10:45am REFRESHMENT BREAK
10:45am - 12noon Panel 2: How Do You Assess Cumulative Effects of Regional Restoration Efforts and Evaluate Success? (View PDF) (Watch Video)
12noon - 1:30pm Lunch on Own
1:30pm - 2:45pm Panel 3: Integrating Restoration Science and Decision-Making (View PDF) (Watch Video)
2:45pm - 3:15pm REFRESHMENT BREAK
3:15pm - 4:30pm Panel 4: The Future of Restoration (Watch Video)
4:30pm - 5:00pm Keynote: Susanne M. Torriente, Assistant City Manager and Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Miami Beach, FL (View PDF) (Watch Video)

Susanne Torriente 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 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.

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Welcome Networking Social
[Poster & Sponsor Display Area - Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

8:00am-5:30pm

Conference Registration Open
[Acadia Ballroom Foyer - Level 3]

8:00am-9:00am

Early Morning Refreshments in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

9:00am-10:00am

Plenary Session
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salons D & E - Level 3]

Moderator: Matthew C. Harwell, Special Assistant to the Immediate Office, Gulf Ecology Division , National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US EPA, Office of Research and Development , Gulf Breeze FL

Presentation:
Barry Gold, Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
(Watch Video)
Adaptive Management Planning and Implementation in Ecological Restoration: Opportunities & Challenges

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.

10:00am-10:30am

Morning Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12:00noon [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

Salon D

Salon E

Salon F&G

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Restoration of 30,000 Acres of Habitat: Science or Science Fiction?

Current Challenges for Ecosystem Restoration in Today's Economic and Political Landscape

Stakeholder Engagement Part 1: Collaboration to Achieve Landscape-Scale Objectives

Building Resilient Urban Coastal Environments and Communities through Science Based Eco-engineering

Emerging Eco-engineering and Seed Enhancement Technologies to Combat Land Degradation

Tools and Strategies for Informed Decision Making

Darcy Austin
Delta Stewardship Council
Sacramento, CA

Natalie Peyronnin
Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC

John Tull
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Reno, NV

Shimrit Perkol-Finkel
ECOncrete Tech Ltd
Tel Aviv, Israel

Todd Erickson
Univ. of Western Australia|Kings Park Science, Perth, Western Australia

Jeff Trulick
US Army Corps of Engineers
Washington, DC

10:30am

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

10:40am

Darcy Austin
Delta Stewardship Council

Developing an Adaptive Management Program for California EcoRestore

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Brett Berkley
GreenVest, LLC

Developing and Leveraging a Public-Private Partnership for A Large-Scale Stream and Wetland Restoration on Federal Property
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Bethany Carl Kraft
Volkert, Inc.

Can Every Stakeholder Feel Heard in Large-Scale, Multi-Resource Programs? Lessons From the Gulf of Mexico
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Shimrit Perkol-Finkel
ECOncrete Tech Ltd

Bringing Concrete to Life: Harnessing Biological Processes for Building Resilient Coastal Infrastructure

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

David Merritt
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Addressing Limitations to Seed Recruitment in Large Scale Restoration
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Maggie Christman
Delta Stewardship Council

Linking Science to Decision-Making Through Synthesis and Communication in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:00am

Campbell Ingram
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy

Regional Restoration Planning: a Case Study in Collaborative Restoration Science and Planning

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Mindy Simmons
US Army Corps of Engineers

Ecosystem Restoration for the US Army Corps of Engineers in a Changing “Climate”- a National Perspective

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Rob Campellone
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The ICASS Platform: Nine Principles for Landscape Conservation Design

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Mart Black
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

Promoting Resiliency through Science-Based Eco-Engineering in a Coastal Louisiana Parish

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Matthew Madsen
Brigham Young University

Use of Seed Enhancement Technologies for Overcoming Abiotic and Biotic Limitations to Native Plant Establishment

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Douglas Norton
EPA

Informing Gulf Coast (DWH-NRDA) Ecological Restoration Options with the Recovery Potential Screening Tool

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:20am

Rosemary Hartman
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Evaluating Restoration Effectiveness: a Tidal Wetland Monitoring Framework for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Simone Maloz
Restore or Retreat

Financing Louisiana's Coast
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Aimee Roberson
American Bird Observatory

Dos Ríos Conservation Collaborative: A Stakeholder-Driven Approach to Achieving Landscape-Scale Objectives
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Tyler Ortego
ORA Technologies

Let the Oysters Do the Work: A Proposal for Creating Truly Biogenic Structures for Resilience and Restoration
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Travis Sowards
Brigham Young University

Efficacy of Abscisic Acid (ABA) in Delaying Germination of Pseudoroegneria spicata to Reduce Seeding Failure in Sagebrush-steppe Restoration Efforts
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Kate Buenau
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Missouri River Restoration: Science and Decision Strategies for Long-Term Recovery

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:40am

Ramona Swenson
Environmental Science Associates (ESA)

Early Implementation: Lessons Learned from the Tule Red Restoration Project)

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey
University of Miami

Hurricanes, Coastal Restoration and Climate Finance for Small Island Developing States: Study of the Bahamas

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

John Tull
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Results-Oriented Grazing for Ecological Resilience: A Case Example of Co-Producing Conservation-Based Outcomes on Working Lands in the Great Basin

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Leslie Suazo
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Powerful Partnerships Promote Community Resilience – The Role of NGOs in Coastal Louisiana

(Watch Video)

Todd Erickson
Uni. of Western Australia / Kings Park Science

Recent Advancements in Restoration-engineering and Seed Enhancement Technologies for Use in Mine Rehabilitation

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Auriel Fournier
Mississippi State University 

Guiding Coordinated Bird Monitoring Decisions Through Structured Decision Making

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

12noon-1:30pm

Lunch on Own

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

Salon D

Salon E

Salon F&G

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 7

Session 8

Session 9

Session 10

Session 11

Session 12

Maximizing Wetland functions from Restoration Dollars when Constructing Wetlands from Dredged Material: Part 1

Integrating Independent Science Review through the Adaptive Management Cycle

Stakeholder Engagement Part 2: Development and Communication of Landscape-Scale Adaptation Strategies

Ecosystem Restoration as a Tool for Enhancing Resiliency

Challenges and Changes in the Missouri River Recovery Program

The Apalachicola Regional Restoration Initiative: Restoring the Apalachicola River and Bay

John Andrew Nyman
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Todd Caplan
GeoSystems Analysis, Inc
Albuquerque, NM

Genevieve Johnson
Bureau of Reclamation
Boulder City, NV

Eric Sparks
Mississippi State University 
Biloxi, MS

Mark Harberg
USACE, Missouri River Recovery Program Senior Program Manager
Omaha, NE

Jason Drake and
Paul Medley
National Forests in Florida
Tallahassee, FL

1:30pm

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

1:40pm

Gregg Fell
Natural Resource Professionals, LLC

Privately Funded Marsh Creation Utilizing Dredge Material from the Mississippi River

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Tiffany Vanosdall
USACE, Omaha District

Use of Independent Science Review to Improve Science and Collaboration During Development and Implementation of Adaptive Management on the Missouri River

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Rebekah Gibble
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Using Stakeholder Engagement, Translational Science and Decision Support Tools for Ecosystem Based Management in the Florida Everglades

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Michael Burton
Stantec Consulting Services

Planning and Designing Resilient Shoreline Stabilization Solutions – Case Study: Three Sisters Springs

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Craig Fleming
USACE, Integrated Science Program

Evolution of Adaptive Management for the Missouri River Recovery Program

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Brian Pelc
The Nature Conservancy

The Apalachicola Regional Restoration Initiative: Principles of Partnership

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:00pm

Leigh Anne Sharp
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
Louisiana State University

Lessons Learned from Marsh Creation Vegetation Monitoring – Assessing the Need For Plantings and Regional Variation in Vegetation Establishment

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Steve Bousquin
South Florida Water Management District

The Role of Independent Science Review in Restoration Evaluation, Planning, Implementation, and Adaptive Management for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project

Scott Hemmerling
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Incorporating Local Knowledge into Ecological Restoration Assessments – Case Studies in Coastal Louisiana

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Cathleen Wigand
US EPA

Salt Marsh Sustainability in New England: Progress and Remaining Challenges

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Eric Laux
USACE, Omaha District

How to Deal with Uncertainty and Objectives: Pallid Sturgeon Case Study

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Amy Jenkins
Florida Natural Areas Inventory

Historic Natural Community Mapping and Rare Plant Surveys in the Apalachicola Region
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

2:20pm

Paul Leberg
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Influences of Coastal Island Restoration on Seabird Populations and Their Nest Predators

Edmund Yu
Delta Science Program, Delta Stewardship Council

Adaptively Managing the California Delta: The Use of Independent Review

Kristen Bouska
U.S. Geological Survey 

A Resilience Assessment of the Upper Mississippi River System

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Thomas Ries
Environmental Science Associates

An Assessment of Living Shorelines/Natural Infrastructure Solutions - Towards Improving Ecosystem Resiliency
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Mike Snyder
USACE, Kansas City District

Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Certainty of Action for ESA Compliance and Scientific Uncertainty through Adaptive Management on the Missouri River
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

John Hogland
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Estimating Characteristics of Forests in the Apalachicola Region Using Remotely Sensed Imagery and Field Samples
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:40pm

Haoran Liu
Louisiana State University

Sediment Transport and Infilling Processes of Dredge Pits on the Louisiana Shelf

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Scott VanderKooi
US Geological Survey

The Role of Independent Science Review in Adaptive Management of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Genevieve Johnson
Bureau of Reclamation

A Lessons-Learned Toolbox for Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategies

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Matthew Starr
Stantec Consulting Services

Keys to Planning, Designing and Permitting Resilient Coastal Restoration Projects

Mary Roth
USACE, Northwest Division

Missouri River Recovery Program Adaptive Management Governance and the Collaborative Process
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Colin Stief
Chesapeake Conservancy, Conservation Innovation Center

Collaborative Planning for Apalachicola Restoration in High Resolution

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

Salon D

Salon E

Salon F&G

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 13

Session 14

Session 15

Session 16

Session 17

Session 18

Maximizing Wetland functions from Restoration Dollars When Constructing Wetlands from Dredged Material: Part 2

Use of Ecological Expertise for Communicating Sound Management Advice

Stakeholder Engagement Part 3: Community Engagement to Inform Planning and Maintain Project Support

A Multi-Discipline and Multi-Benefit Approach for Improving Natural Systems in the Greater Toronto Area

Gulf Coast Restoration Challenges and Opportunities

Coastal Restoration on Long Island: Getting to Scale 

Leigh Anne Sharp
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Lafayette, LA

Rebecca Allee
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Stennis Space Center, MS

Cary Ehrman
Ramboll
Columbus, OH

John Stille
Toronto and Region Conservation
Toronto, Ontario

Chris Warn
Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Sarasota, FL

Stuart Lowrie
The Nature Conservancy on Long Island
East Hampton, NY

3:30pm

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

3:40pm

Mike Carloss
Ducks Unlimited

Beneficial Use of Dredged Material – A Texas Project Case Study with Public/Private Partnership Benefits and Future Plans

Panelists:
Ruth Carmichael
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Renee Collini
Northern Gulf of Mexico
Sentinel Site Cooperative
Kelly Darnell
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory,
University of Southern Mississippi
Kathy Goodin
NatureServe

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

The purpose of this panel is to open a dialogue about communicating ecosystem science to natural resource managers and other decision-makers. Panelist will discuss the inclusion of stakeholders throughout project conception and implementation and the transition of ecological knowledge to coastal managers to help identify suitable restoration sites and improve coastal resiliency. Panelists will discuss how data and new science can be integrated into daily decision-making processes at the local and regional levels.

Gabriela González-Olimón
Sonoran Institute

A Community Meets a River: the Colorado River Delta Restoration Project

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

John Stille
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Integrated Restoration Prioritization: A Strategic Tool for Improving Natural Systems in the Greater Toronto Area

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Doug Robison
Environmental Science Associates (ESA)

Overview of the RESTORE Act State Expenditure Plan for the State of Florida
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Stuart Lowrie
The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, East Hampton, NY

The Critical Path to Achieve Coastal Restoration on Long Island

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:00pm

Irving Mendelssohn
Louisiana State University

Controls on Successful Marsh Restoration with Dredged Sediment-Slurries

Daniel Halsey
SouthWoods Ecosystems

Visualizing Strategy for Stakeholder Engagement and Buy-In

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Ralph Toninger
Toronto and Region Conservation

Utilizing Collaborative Regional Based Prioritization to Garner Support and Funding for Restoration Implementation Programming

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Roberta Swann
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Using Science to Engage Communities in Restoring Alabama's Coast

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Mary Anne Taylor
CDMSmith

Coastal Restoration On Long Island: Assessing The Nitrogen Problem

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:20pm

Thomas McGinnis
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Dredged Material Settlement from Marsh Creation Projects Conducted in Coastal Louisiana
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Matthew Harwell
US EPA

Decision Support Tools as Opportunities for Engagement and Communication

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

John DiRocco
Toronto and Region Conservation

Reach Based Restoration Construction Practices: Successes and Lessons Learned from Decades of Implementation
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Brett Geesey
HDR Engineering, Inc.

Keeping up with the Tide - Restoration Design Considerations in the Soft Soils of Coastal Louisiana
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Chris Clapp
The Nature Conservancy on Long Island

Implementation: Technology and Funding
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:40pm

John Andrew Nyman
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Created Marshes Could Support More Fish and Crustaceans If They Were Designed with Lower Elevation and More Edges

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Cary Ehrman
Ramboll US Corporation

Case Study: Consulting Local Communities to Assess Impacts and Promote Awareness and Participation, Port of Port Moresby Relocation, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Patrick Esson
Toronto and Region Conservation 

Determining Practical Key Performance Measures for Ecological Restoration Practitioners: Challenges and Considerations

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Juan Moya
Freese and Nichols

Recent Coastal Geomorphological Changes of the Old Brazos River Delta: Morphodynamic Processes Affecting Habitat Adaptations

Holly Drinkuth
The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut

Replicating for Greater Impact: Adapting for Success in Long Island Sound

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Special Plenary Session:
Join us for Two Meetings of the Society for Ecological Restoration
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salon D - Level 3]

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) Q&A Session

Moderator: Jennifer Lyndall,
SER Certification Program Coordinator
(View PDF)

All NCER attendees are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about SER's ecological restoration practitioner certification program that encourages a high professional standard for those who are designing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring restoration projects throughout the world.

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Annual Meeting of SER's Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS)

Moderator: Matt Grabau,
LERS President
(View PDF)

All NCER attendees involved in large scale restoration are invited to attend this session and learn how you can collaborate with the best and brightest from across the globe to advance ecosystem restoration.

LERS provides a forum for exchanging ideas, approaches, lessons learned, and data relevant to the planning, policy, science, and engineering of large-scale ecosystem restoration programs. Be sure to join us!

6:00pm

Evening on Own

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

8:00am-5:30pm

Conference Registration Open
[Acadia Ballroom Foyer - Level 3]

8:00am-9:00am

Early Morning Refreshments in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

9:00am-10:00am

Plenary Session
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salons D & E - Level 3]

Moderator: Darcy Austin, Program Manager II, Delta Science Program, Delta Stewardship Council, Sacramento, CA

Presentation:
Peter Goodwin, President, UMCES
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

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

10:00am-10:30am

Morning Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12:00noon [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

Salon D

Salon E

Salon F&G

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 19

Session 20

Session 21

Session 22

Session 23

Session 24

Data Management Best Practices for Ecological Restoration

Approaches to Demonstrating the Cumulative Effects of Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration 

Drones 101: An Introduction to Drones as a Restoration Tool

Engaging Non-traditional Partners in Restoration Projects

Chesapeake Bay Adaptive Management and Decision-making

Use of Models in Ecosystem Restoration

Judith Schofield
GDIT, Alexandria, VA and Louis Blume, USEPA, Chicago, IL

Heida Diefenderfer and Gary Johnson
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sequim, WA

Joe Baustian
The Nature Conservancy
Baton Rouge, LA

Kim Reyher
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

Mike Chotkowski
US Geological Survey
Sacramento, CA

Mike Burton
Stantec
Sarasota, FL

10:30am

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

10:40am

Robert Sutter
GDIT

A Future For Data: An Overview of Data Management for Analysis, Decision-making and Reuse

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Panelists:
Kate E. Buenau
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Andrew J. Loschiavo
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Jacksonville District
Gregory D. Steyer
U.S. Geological Survey
Elene Trujillo
Puget Sound Partnership

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Panelists representing the Florida Everglades, Gulf Coast, Missouri River and Puget Sound will discuss emerging methods that large-scale ecosystem restoration programs nationwide are developing to evaluate cumulative effects of multiple restoration actions at ecosystem and landscape scales.

(View Presentation)
(Watch Video)

Session Description:
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are becoming increasingly popular tools in the research and restoration community, but how useful are they really? This session gives an overview of drone technology, operation principles, applicable laws, equipment costs, limitations, training and learning curves and usefulness of this technology for research and restoration professionals.

Helen Rose Patterson
National Wildlife Federation

A Rabbi, A Priest and An Imam Get on Boat: Engaging the Faith Community in Louisiana’s Land Loss Crisis

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Mike Chotkowski
US Geological Survey

Using Decision Support Relationships to Improve Ecosystem Management

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Leonard Pearlstine
Everglades National Park

Probabilistic Simulation of Vegetation Dynamics in the Everglades Vegetation Succession Model (ELVES)

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:00am

Craig Palmer
GDIT

The Role of Data Management in Quality Assurance of Ecological Restoration Data

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Samantha Carter
National Wildlife Federation

Cooking Up the Coast: How Chefs Can Help Restoration Efforts

David Goshorn
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Chesapeake Bay Partnership's Strategy Review System: Developing an Adaptive Management System for Restoring the Chesapeake Bay 

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Zhonglong Zhang
LimnoTech, ERDC Environmental Laboratory

An Integrated HEC-RAS and Riparian Vegetation Simulation Module System and Its Application to the Sacramento River

11:20am

Brick Fevold
GDIT

A Data Management Plan Template for Ecological Restoration and Monitoring
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)


John O'Donnell
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Improving Water Quality through Intensive Community Engagement
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Laura Drescher
US EPA 

Is It Working? Evaluating Successes and Challenges in Implementing Adaptive Management in the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Andrew Guzzomi
University of Western Australia

Restoration-Engineering – A Blended Science-Engineering Model
(View PDF) 

(Watch Video)

11:40am

Todd Redder
LimnoTech

Application of Data Management and Decision Support Tools to Support Coastal Wetland Management in the Laurentian Great Lakes

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Whitney Broussard
JESCO, Inc.

Mapping Coastal Land Use, Elevation, and Wetland Vegetation with UAS (Drone) Imagery

Corey Miller
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Managing Natural Resource Conflicts while Implementing Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Lucinda Power
US EPA

A Changing Chesapeake Bay: A New Paradigm for Stakeholder Engagement

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Kevin McIntyre
Jones Research Center

Using Wildlife Habitat Models to Evaluate Management Endpoints for Open Pine Woodland and Savanna

12noon-1:30pm

Lunch on Own

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

Salon D

Salon E

Salon F&G

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 25

Session 26

Session 27

Session 28

Session 29

Session 30

Approaches to Improve Quality and Reliability of Data Collected for Ecological Restoration Projects

Measuring Success of Multiple Gulf Coast Restoration Programs: Accountability for Long-Term Success

Drones 201: A Primer on Analyzing Drone Data

Plant Materials: The Seeds of Restoration

Tools for Assessing Ecosystem Services in Restoration: Part 1

Changing Hydrologic Conditions

Craig Palmer
GDIT
Alexandria, VA

David Hanson
HansonRM 
Blaine, WA

Dan Staley
Arbor Drone, LLC 
Aurora, CO

Matthew Grabau
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Tucson, AZ

Matt Harwell
USEPA, Gulf Breeze, FL

Carol Parsons Richards
CPRA
Baton Rouge, LA

1:30pm

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

1:40pm

Louis Blume
USEPA

Guidance for the Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Panelists:

(Watch Video)

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley (ret)
(View PDF)

Rost Parsons
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Robert Moorhead
Northern Gulf Institute,
Mississippi State University
(View PDF)

Buck Sutter
RESTORE Council
(View PDF)

Expert panelists will discuss innovative approaches to measuring the cumulative success and benefits from multiple restoration programs while focusing on (1) the challenges and opportunities associated with meta-analysis of the massive amount of data generated from DWH settlement activities; and (2) how advancements in technology can be incorporated in the effort to understand overall restoration success when the focus on funding monitoring activities is on project performance.

(View Presentation)
(Watch Video)

Session Description:

This session details what research and restoration professionals need to know when considering how to collect and analyze data with a drone. We’ll cover sensors ranging from visual to multispectral, hyperspectral and LiDAR; and, data analysis ranging from laptop programs, cloud-based subscriptions, and data analysis companies. Attendees will also learn issues surrounding data collection in the field, costs of data analysis, and view equipment and data from several widely differing missions.

Joan Walker
US Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Are Seed Collection Zones Needed for Sourcing Plant Materials in Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration?

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Leah Sharpe
US Environmental Protection Agency

A Tool for Assessing Ecosystem Goods and Services in Ecosystem Restoration - The Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Scoping Tool

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Jennifer Mouton
CPRA

Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:00pm

Justin Telech
GDIT

Project Planning Tools to Improve Data Quality

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

R. Alan Shadow
USDA NRCS

Longleaf Pine Understory Native Plant Development at The USDA NRCS East Texas Plant Materials Center

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Marc Russell
US Environmental Protection Agency

Assessing Ecosystem Services Supply for Restoration Scenarios
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

David Tomasko
Environmental Science Associates

Ecosystem Restoration Via Reestablishing Historical Tidal Patterns

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:20pm

Raymond D'Hollander
Parsons

Integration of Design Factors into Post-Construction Ecological Restoration QA/QC

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Justin Blake Taylor
Brigham Young University

Seed Coating Technologies that Reduce Rodent Granivory during Rangeland Reseeding

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Justin Bousquin
US Environmental Protection Agency

Benefit Indicator Tools for Assessing Restoration Projects Based on Who Benefits From Restored Ecosystem Services

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Honora Buras
CPRA

Evaluating Future Success of a Freshwater River Re-Introduction to the Floodplain Forests of Maurepas Swamp, Louisiana

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:40pm

Edward Roseman
USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Developing a Science and Monitoring Strategy to Assess Recovery of Fisheries Habitats and Populations in the St. Clair-Detroit River System
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Miriam Muñoz-Rojas
The University of Western Australia

Innovative Strategies for Restoring Functionality of Reconstructed Soils in Dry Land

Kamran Abdollahi
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Monitoring Urban Forest Structure and Function after Hurricane and Assessing Ecosystem Services for Louisiana Cities
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Fred Sklar
South Florida Water Management District

The Everglades: At the Forefront of Transition

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Salon F&G

Salon E

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

 

Session 31

Session 32

Session 33

Session 34

Session 35

 

Colorado River Delta Restoration – Insights into Binational Cooperation and Sustainability

Implementation of Large-Scale River Diversions: Stakeholders’ Perspectives

Incorporation of Science, Monitoring, and Modeling in System Wide Restoration Planning

Hurricanes and Other Extreme Weather Events: How they Impact Ecosystem Restoration Plans

Tools for Assessing Ecosystem Services in Restoration: Part 2

 

Peter Skidmore
Walton Family Foundation, Denver, CO

Brad Inman
US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, LA

Ann Hijuelos
US Geological Survey
New Orleans, LA

Mike Donahue
AECOM
Traverse City, MI

Deborah January-Bevers
Houston Wilderness
Houston, TX

3:30pm

 

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

3:40pm

 

Osvel Hinojosa
Pronatura Noroeste

Binational Cooperation in Restoring the Colorado River Delta - Stakeholder and Government Engagement Across Borders

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Panelists:
Bradley Barth
CPRA
An Applicant’s Perspective
Eddy Carter
G.E.C., Inc.
A Contractor’s Perspective
Jeff Varisco
US Army Corps of
Engineers, New Orleans District
A Regulatory Agency’s Perspective
Mel Landry
NOAA Restoration Ctr.
A Natural Resource
Damage Assessment
(NRDA) Trustee’s
Perspective


(View PDF)

To combat coastal
land loss, the State of
Louisiana is advancing
several large-scale
sediment diversions
on the Mississippi
River, including the
Mid-Barataria Sediment
Diversion. Numerous
impacted stakeholders,
with competing interests,
concerns and/or
responsibilities, often
envision success, both
short and long-term,
differently. This session
includes the State’s, the
Corps’, and NOAA’s (Deep
Water Horizon Trustee)
visions of success, and
the views of a contractor
working on the project.

Julien Lartigue
NOAA RESTORE Science Program

Actionable Science in The Gulf of Mexico: Connecting Researchers and Resource Managers

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Tony Williams
Texas General Land Office

Coastal Planning in Texas
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)


Gary Palmer
Griffith University

Turning Over a New Leaf: Long-Term Monitoring for Improved Ecological Restoration
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

4:00pm

 

Karen Schlatter
Sonoran Institute

Progress and Trends in Restoration Planning and Implementation in the Colorado River Delta

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

George Ramseur Jr.
State of Mississippi

The LA, MS, AL Coastal System (LMACS) Comprehensive Estuarine Assessment & Restoration Implementation Plan

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Chris Mack
AECOM

The South Carolina Floods: Enhancing Community Resiliency with Adaptive Risk Management Strategies

Eldon Blancher
Moffat & Nichol

Calculating Net Ecosystem Service Benefits for the Lightning Point Living Shoreline, Bayou La Batre, Alabama

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:20pm

 

Edgar Carrera
The Nature Conservancy

Restoration Monitoring - A Spectrum of Questions, Interests, and Audiences

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Ann Hijuelos
US Geological Survey

Monitoring and Adaptive Management Manual to Support Integrated Ecosystem Restoration for The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Christopher Benosky
AECOM

Resiliency in Design: the RBD Meadowlands Project

Matt Gorstein
NOAA

Storm Damage Reduction Benefits Of Natural Infrastructure In The Jacques Cousteau Nerr

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:40pm

 

Peter Skidmore
Walton Family Foundation

Looking Forward: Scale, Sustainability, and Governance Opportunities and Challenges in the Colorado River Delta
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Michelle Meyers
US Geological Survey

A Network of Networks: Building Out the Restore Council’s Monitoring and Assessment Program

Denise Reed
University of New Orleans

Extreme Events: Obstacles and Opportunities for Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration

Deborah January-Bevers
Houston Wilderness

Connecting Ecosystem Services to Human & Wildlife Resiliency

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

5:00pm-8:00pm

Poster Session and Networking Reception
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

8:00am-5:30pm

Conference Registration Open
[Acadia Ballroom Foyer - Level 3]

8:00am-9:00am

Early Morning Refreshments in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

9:00am-10:00am

Plenary Session
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salons D & E - Level 3]

Moderator: Ryan Clark, Conference Co-Chair, Research Scientist, The Water Institute, and Immediate Past President, and President, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Baton Rouge, LA

Presentation:
Mr. Garret Graves, Congressman, Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District, Baton Rouge, LA
(Watch Video)

Congressman Garret Graves is a Republican Member of Congress representing Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District. Graves previously served as Louisiana’s Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) where he managed one of America’s largest civil works programs in history. Under Graves’ tenure, Louisiana constructed more flood protection infrastructure and restored more miles of coastline than at any other period of time in the State’s history.

An expert on multiple topics relevant to NCER 2018, Congressman Graves will share an update about his work in congress, his experience going from State to Federal Government, and his work on subcommittees and the funding he has secured for ecosystem restoration and disaster recovery. His experience with multiple coastal and riverine disasters (hurricanes, oil spill, river floods of 2016, etc.), gives him an insider’s view to how important the Mississippi River and its delta are to Louisiana and the nation as a whole. Rivers including the Mississippi, Amite/Comite and Bayou Lafourche, to name a few, can have multiple ecosystem benefits like flood risk reduction in the watersheds themselves, and at the coast where they deliver necessary freshwater, sediment, and nutrients to nourish coastal ecosystems, in addition to reducing nutrient overload to Louisiana’s coastal “Dead Zone”.

10:00am-10:30am

Morning Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12:00noon [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Salon F&G

Salon E

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 36

Session 37

Session 38

Session 39

Session 40

Hydrologic Restoration Part 1: Re-Establishing Ecological Processes in Freshwater Ecosystems

Public-Private-NGO Partnerships for Enhancing Resilience of the Working Coast via Ecosystem Restoration

Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs): Introduction to a Landscape Restoration Tool

Ecosystem Scale Oyster Reef Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay: Lessons in Partnerships and Science to Achieve Results

Determining Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Benefits for Projects

Matthew Grabau
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Tucson, AZ

Justin Ehrenwerth
The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA

Terrell Erickson
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,
Washington, D.C.

Bruce Vogt
NOAA, Annapolis, MD

Andrew LoSchiavo
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, FL

10:30am

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

10:40am

Nicholas Nelson
Inter-Fluve, Inc.

The Ecology of Dam Removal - A National Look at Ecosystem Restoration Challenges and Opportunities for Removal of River Barriers
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)


Panelists:

Ian Voparil
Shell
Joni Tuck
Greater Lafourche Port Commission
Simone Maloz
Restore or Retreat 
Mead Allison
Tulane University
Leah Brown
Chevron

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Public-Private-NGO Partnerships (P3+) were formed to combine the resources and expertise of public, private, and NGOs to enhance coastal habitat and provide protection to critical infrastructure and communities, using the dredged material created by port expansion. Advanced science and engineering are being used to optimize the protective and habitat services provided by the restored ecosystems. This approach can serve as a model for collaborative planning and shared funding to construct nature-based defenses for infrastructure and communities.

Jamin Johanson
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Introduction and Overview of Ecological Site Descriptions and their History
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Susan Conner
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Tributary Scale Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay: Setting Goals to Drive Partnerships and Collaboration
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Jenna May
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

RECOVER Applied Science Framework Supporting Everglades Restoration Implementation
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:00am

Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy
American Rivers

Sediment Management for Dam Removal: A Review of Regulations, Guidance, and Best Practices

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Sarah Quistberg
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Ecological Site Concepts for Wet Areas

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Andrew McGowan
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office - ERT

Location Matters: Habitat Mapping and GIS Tools Improve Oyster Restoration Siting And Survival

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Michael Simmons
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

RECOVER Evaluation of Restoration Outcomes

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:20am

Dave Buzan
Freese and Nichols

Environmental Flows in Texas: Successes and Lessons Learned

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Stacey Clark
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Use of Ecological Site Descriptions for Restoration and Conservation Planning

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

David Bruce
NOAA Fisheries

Quantifying Ecosystem Services of Restored Oyster Reefs
(View PDF)

(Watch Video)

Gretchen Ehlinger
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Assessment of Actual Restoration Benefits

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

11:40am

G. Lynn Wingard
US Geological Survey

Estimating Pre-20th Century Hydrologic Conditions for Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Skye Wills
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Dynamic Soil Properties in Organic Soils of Southeast Michigan: Case Study in Use of Ecological Site Concepts

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Lauren Taneyhill
ERT, Inc. / NOAA

Sustaining Restored Oyster Reefs through Cross-Sector Partnerships

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Howard Gonzales, Jr.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Adaptive Management Actions to Improve Restoration Outcomes

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

12noon-1:30pm

Lunch on Own

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Salon F&G

Salon E

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 41

Session 42

Session 43

Session 44

Session 45

Hydrologic Restoration Part 2: Delivery of Water to the Coast and Managed through-estuary Flows

Sea Level Rise: Overcoming the Problems of Connecting Science to Management Part 1: Science

Local-scale Planning and Implementation of Restoration and Conservation

Thin Layer Placement of Dredged Material to Maintain Elevation in Salt Marshes Facing Sea Level Rise

Using Restorability and Resilience Concepts in Evaluating and Valuing Ecosystem Service Benefits of Restoration

Ryan Clark
The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA

Lynn Wingard
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
and Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

Alice Bailey
Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc
Ann Arbor , MI

Damarys Acevedo-Mackey
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Vicksburg, MS

Lisa Wainger
Univ of Maryland Ctr Environmental Science
Solomons, MD

1:30pm

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

1:40pm

John Callaway
Delta Stewardship Council

Advances in Establishing Science-Based Inflow and Outflow Goals in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Donald Cahoon
U.S. Geological Survey

Factors to Consider in Developing a Strategic Monitoring Network of Set-Mh Stations in the Northeast United States

Thomas Ankersen
University of Florida College of Law

From Shoreline to State Line: Integrating Marine Resource Restoration, Enhancement and Protection into Local Government Planning Processes
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Elizabeth Murray
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Maintaining Salt Marshes in the Face of Sea Level Rise: Thin Layer Placement Opportunities, Practice and Challenges

Kristen Hychka
Univ of Maryland Ctr for Environmental Science

Measuring Resilience Derived from Habitat Connectivity to Improve Estimates of Restoration Benefits
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:00pm

Karen Schlatter
Sonoran Institute

Developing a Strategy for Reconnecting the Colorado River with the Sea

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Michael Savarese
Florida Gulf Coast University

Sea-Level Rise Rates, Projections, and Effects in Southern Florida: Connecting Science to Natural and Urban Resource Management

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Savanna Barry
UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Building Consensus, Building A Shoreline: A Stakeholder-Driven Process to Address Erosion Along Cedar Key's Daughtry Bayou

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Christine VanZomeren
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Soil Biogeochemistry Response Following Thin Layer Placement in a New Jersey Salt Marsh

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Solange Filoso
Univ of Maryland Ctr for Environmental Science

Opportunities and Limits for Stream Restoration to Improve Watershed Functions and Increase Resilience

2:20pm

Sharlene Leurig
Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Market-based Strategies for Ensuring Freshwater Inflows in Texas

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Krista Jankowski
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Tulane University

Ecosystem Vulnerability in a Changing World: The Case of Coastal Louisiana

Peter Sheng
University of Florida

Adaptation of Coastal Natural and Urban Ecosystems (ACUNE) in SW Florida

Richard Ambrose
University of California, Los Angeles

Soils and Marsh Creek Evolution at a Marsh Augmentation Project in Seal Beach, Ca

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Carolyn Currin
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Measuring the Resilience of Salt Marshes Integrated into Living Shoreline and Other Nature-Based Efforts to Protect Coastal Infrastructure

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

2:40pm

Eric White
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Ecological Flow Modeling in Louisiana & Texas Estuaries

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Q&A Discussion
(Watch Video)

Shaddi Kamel
Louis Berger

Higbee Beach Restoration Project – Restoration Built on the Shoulders of Collaboration
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Susan Bailey
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Adapting a Model of Sediment Consolidation for Use in Marsh Thin Layer Projects

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Susan Taylor
Abt Associates

Building Ecological and Community Resilience and Measuring Success of the Department of Interior Sandy Resilience and Monitoring Projects

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon Break in Poster & Sponsor Display Area
[Acadia Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm [Mardi Gras Ballroom - Level 3]

 

Salon F&G

Salon E

Salon A&B

Salon H

Salon C

Session 46

Session 47

Session 48

Session 49

Session 50

Hydrologic Restoration Part 3: Stream and Wetland Restoration in an Urban Environment

Sea Level Rise: Overcoming the Problems of Connecting Science to Management Part 2: Strategies

Drought and Coastal Ecosystems: Monitoring and Modeling Using the Coastal Salinity Index

Multiple Benefits of Ecosystem Restoration Via the Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

Using Ecosystem Models to Evaluate Restoration Projects and Nature Based Defenses

Sharlene Leurig
Meadow Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Lynn Wingard
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
and Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

Kirsten Lackstrom
Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments
Columbia, SC

Mark R. Wingate
US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, LA

Ehab Meselhe and
Melissa Baustian
The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA

3:30pm

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

3:40pm

Lynde Dodd
US Army Research and Development Center

Flood Protection and Ecosystem Restoration in an Urban Environment: The Dallas Floodway Extension, Dallas, Texas

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Jennifer Jurado
Natural Resources and Management Division, Broward County, FL
(View PDF)

John Tirpak
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Denise Reed
University of New Orleans

David Kidwell
NOAA

(Watch Video)

The purpose of this session is to discuss strategies for effectively connecting scientific information on sea level rise to planners and decision makers addressing the impacts of sea level rise on ecosystems and communities. Panel members will discuss tools and methods that have worked, identify information gaps, and areas for improvement. The session will present the perspectives of decision-makers and scientists and will encourage audience participation to identify a path forward.

Kirsten Lackstrom
Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments

Coastal Drought and Need for a Coastal Salinity Index
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Burton Suedel
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Restoring River Island Habitat in the Atchafalaya River, LA, Using Engineering with Nature Principles
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Dubravko Justic
Louisiana State University

Forecasting Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia under Scenarios of Watershed and River Management

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:00pm

Isaac Hinson
City of Charlotte Storm Water Services Division

Consideration of Small-scale Stream and Wetland Restoration Efforts in an Urban Environment

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Matthew Petkewich
USGS

Monitoring Drought Along The Gulf Of Mexico and The Southeastern Atlantic Ocean Using the Coastal Salinity Index

Joseph Berlin
AECOM

Evaluation of a Beneficial Use Bank to Promote the Beneficial Use of Federal Dredged Material

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Hongqing Wang
USGS WARC 

Monitoring and Modeling of Wave and Current Energy Reduction by Living Shoreline Structures in Gandy's Beach, New Jersey

4:20pm

Sachin Apte
Louis Berger Group

New York City Overcomes Ecosystem Restoration Challenges in Current Economic Landscape by Constructing Its First Mitigation Bank as A Means to Restore Degraded Urban Wetlands

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Christopher Swarzenski
USGS

Linking the Coastal Salinity Index with Freshwater Inflows to Characterize Salinity Variability in Gulf of Mexico Estuaries

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Jamil Ibrahim
Stantec Consulting Services

Strategic Placement of Dredged Sediment to Naturally Accrete in Salt Marsh Systems

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Ehab Meselhe
The Water Institute of the Gulf

Working with Local Communities to Develop a Nature-Based Defense Assessment and Solution Tool

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

4:40pm

John O'Meara
Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Implementation of Coastal Habitat in The Detroit Area of Concern - Stony and Celeron Islands

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Simeon Yurek
USGS

Predicting Long Term Performance and Risk of Oyster Reef Restorations Under Deep Uncertainty in Climate and Management Policy

Tim Carruthers
The Water Institute

Potential Benefits to Wave Attenuation, Sediment Processes, and SAV Habitat from Terrace Restoration (SREDS)

(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

Gary Brown
US Army Corps of Engineers

Hydrodynamic, Salinity, And Morphologic Modeling of Basin-Side Effects Associated with Proposed Mississippi River Sediment Diversions using the Adaptive Hydraulics Model Coupled with the SEDLIB Sediment Transport Library

5:00pm-5:30pm

Closing Plenary
[Mardi Gras Ballroom - Salon D - Level 3]

Moderator: Nicholas G. Aumen, Regional Science Advisor - South Florida, Center for Collaborative Research, US Geological Survey, Davie, FL

Presentation:
Don Boesch, Professor of Marine Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD
(View PDF)
(Watch Video)

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

5:30pm-6:30pm

Closing Networking Social and Announcement of SER-LERS Student Competition Award Recipients
[Acadia - Poster & Sponsor Display Area]
(Watch Video)

Matt Grabau,
Conference Co-Chair, President, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Tucson, AZ
(View PDF)

Ryan Clark,
Conference Co-Chair, Research Scientist, The Water Institute, and Immediate Past President, and President, Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Baton Rouge, LA

The Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) is sponsoring a Student Competition that will be held in conjunction with NCER 2018. All students giving presentations are automatically enrolled. Winners will be announced during this closing session and will receive an Award Certificate and a $100 prize during the social.

[Attention Sponsors and Poster Presenters: Please remove display materials from poster hall immediately following the social.]

6:30pm

NCER 2018 Concludes
[Poster Presenter & Sponsor Display Move-Out]




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