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Monday, April 18, 2016

7:00am-5:00pm

Optional Pre-Conference Field Trip to LILA
Morning refreshments will be served at 7am. The bus loads at 7:45am and departs for LILA promptly at 8am from the Conference Center Entrance.]

 

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

8:00am-10:00am


(Watch Session)


Opening Plenary Session
[Great Cypress & Royal Poinciana]

Opening Remarks - Conference Co-Chairs
Rob Daoust
, Associate Vice President, Arcadis
-and-
Andrew (Andy) LoSchiavo
, Adaptive Management Coordinator and Senior Biologist, Planning and Policy Division, Environmental Branch, South Florida Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, FL

Welcome Address
Jack M. Payne
, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

PANEL: The Restoration Story Part One - Setting the Stage
Federal and State Large Scale Ecosystem Restoration – Implementation, Political Challenges and Lessons Learned

ORGANIZER: Andrew (Andy) LoSchiavo,
Adaptive Management Coordinator and Senior Biologist, Planning and Policy Division, Environmental Branch, South Florida Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, FL

FACILITATOR: Donald Boesch,
Professor of Marine Science and President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, MD
(View PDF)

PANELISTS:
Shannon A. Estenoz
, Director, Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, U.S. Department of the Interior, Davie, FL
Rainer Hoenicke, Deputy Executive Officer, Science Program, Delta Stewardship Council, Sacramento, CA
Alan D. Steinman, Director, Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI), Grand Valley State University, Muskegon, MI
Ann Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Annapolis, MD
Mark R. Wingate, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Executive Office, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Orleans, LA


 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12noon

 

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

 

Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration Planning

Challenges and Science Needs of Managing and Conserving Habitat in the Northern Everglades

Use of Oysters as Living Shorelines for Coastal Protection

Evaluating Restoration Through Experimental Replication of Ecological Processes

Ecosystem Restoration in the Columbia River Basin

Great Cypress

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Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

Ryan Clark

Nick Aumen

Cameron Morris

Mark Hester

Gary Johnson

10:30am

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

10:40am

Robert Summers
Development of a Large-Scale Restoration Plan for Rio De Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay Based on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Experience
(View PDF)

(View Panel PDF)

Brian Benscoter

 

LeRoy Rodgers

 

Donatto Surratt

 

Rebekah Gibble


This panel session is the A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Annual Science Workshop. The invited panel will discuss varying aspects of managing the refuge to support the USFWS mission and trust species.

Peter Frederick
Effects of Durable Substrate on Establishment of Oyster Populations, Reef Elevations, and Aquatic Bird Use in the Big Bend of Florida

(View PDF)

Michael Manna
Active Marsh Improvement: A Decade of Rehabilitating Cattail Impacted Areas

(View PDF) 

Ben Zelinsky
Applying Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation to Habitat Restoration in the Columbia Basin

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

11:00am

Mindy Simmons
Ecosystem Restoration and the US Army Corps of Engineers: What Does the Future Hold?

(View PDF)

Kari Servold
Implementing Low-Crested Artificial Oyster Reef Breakwaters into Restoration Practice

(View PDF) 

David Potter
Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects and the Models Used to Justify Them for the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program, Pools 1 through 10

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Gary Johnson
Effectiveness of a Channel Habitat Reconnection in Tidal Freshwater of the Columbia River: Sandy River Delta

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

11:20am

Jessica Henkel
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council: Holistic Restoration Approached Watershed by Watershed

Erin Hague
Mulberry Phosphate Trustees Achieve Oyster Reef Restoration in Hillsborough Bay, Florida

(View PDF)

Christa Zweig
Active Management in Support of Ecosystem Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Heida Diefenderfer
Roles of Critical Uncertainties Research in Large-Scale Restoration: Examples from the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program

(View PDF)

11:40am

Estelle Wilson
Gulf County Restore Act Multi-Year Implementation Plan: Restoration Planning Through Structured Decision Making

(View PDF)

Taylor Sloey
Maximizing Shoreline Protection Using Vegetation and Artificial Oyster Reef Structures: Lessons Learned

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Dendy Lofton
Reintegrating Nature in a Dense Urban Environment: Restoration of Waller Creek

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Kate Buenau
The Role of Evidence in Adaptive Management: Examples from the Missouri River and Columbia River Estuary Restoration Programs

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm

 

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

Session 9

Session 10

 

Advancing Louisiana Coastal Restoration Using Work-In Kind and Cross-Crediting Legislation

Use of Adaptive Management to Enhance Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

Restoring Alabama's Coast

Lessons Learned to Enhance Restoration

Southern Everglades Restoration Progress

Great Cypress

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Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

Mark Wingate

Scott Phillips

Chris Warn

Rob Daoust

Patrick Pitts

1:30pm

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

1:40pm

Darrel Broussard
US Army Corps of Engineers Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing Coastal Restoration Work-In Kind and Cross-Crediting Legislation

(View PDF)

Carin Bisland
Overview of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

(View PDF)

Roberta Swann
Regional Challenges, Regional Solutions: A Watershed Approach

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

(Coastal Restoration Video)

Tom St. Clair
Using Lessons Learned to Build a Robust Adaptive Management Plan for Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration Programs

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Janet Starnes
Hydrological and Ecological Benefits Observed from the Picayune Strand Restoration Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

2:00pm

Bren Haase
State of Louisiana’s Perspective of Advancing Coastal Restoration Using Work-In Kind and Cross Crediting Legislation

(View PDF)

Carl Hershner
Use of Decision Framework to Formulate the Chesapeake Agreement and Management Strategies

(View PDF)

Bret Webb
The Importance of Ecology and Engineering in Coastal Restoration: Lessons Learned in Alabama

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Joanna Eyquem
The Economic Value of Establishing Freedom Space for Rivers

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Bahram Charkhian
Restoration Benefits Observed from the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

2:20pm

James T. B. Tripp
Mississippi River Delta Restoration, Corps-State Relations and WRDA Crediting

(View PDF)

Doreen Vetter
Developing Indicators to Assess Progress and Environmental Conditions Related to Chesapeake Bay Agreement Outcomes

(View PDF)

Just Cebrian
Restoring Coastal Alabama: Different Approaches for Different Needs

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Kathleen Sealey
Coastal Wetland Restoration to Enhance Fisheries Production and Flood Resilience: The Victoria Pond Eco-Hydrology Project, the Bahamas

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Jerome Lorenz
Estuarine Fish and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Response from the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

2:40pm

Mitch Marmande
Aligning Programs and Policies to Facilitate Priority Project Implementation: A Local Sponsor's Perspective

(View PDF)

Scott Phillips
Providing Science to Support Decision Making for the Chesapeake Ecosystem

(View PDF)

Justin Barrett
Restoring Alabama's Coast

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Doug Partridge
Ecological Valuation of Alternatives and Assessment of Mitigation Requirements – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Recovery Planning

(View PDF)

Christopher Madden
Ecological and Hydrological Response of Florida Bay to the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

 

Ted-Style Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm

 

Session 11

Session 12

Session 13

Session 14

Session 15

 

Surviving in a Changing Environment – What Can the Paleo-record Tell Us About Resiliency

The Intersection and Interactions Between Ecosystem Restoration and Mercury Contamination

Policy, Planning and Permitting for Tethered Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Restoration

Assessment, Placement, and Maintenance of Large Wood in Fluvial Ecosystems

Miami Harbor Phase III Federal Channel Expansion: Monitoring and Mitigation

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

Lynn Wingard &
Christopher Bernhardt

David Krabbenhoft

Thomas Ankersen

Leo Lentsch

Robert Baron

3:30pm

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(Listen to Presentation)

3:40pm

Michal Kowalewski
Paleoecological Perspective on Ecological Resilience: The Youngest Fossil Record as a Historical Archive of Ecosystems

(View PDF)

Lisamarie Windham-Myers
Reconciling Coastal Wetland Restoration With Methylmercury Exposure: How Does San Francisco Bay Compare To Other Estuaries?

(View PDF)

Aubree Hershorin
Restoration by Design: The USACE Regional Sediment Management Program

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Willis McConnaha
Ecological Considerations Associated with Large Wood in Streams and Rivers

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Martha Robbart
Seagrass Monitoring at Two Different Sites for the Miami Harbor Phase III Federal Channel Expansion Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

3:50pm

Evelyn Gaiser
Combining Paleoecological, Observational and High-frequency Information Sources to Improve Predictions of Ecosystem Resilience

James Hurley
Understanding Mercury Sources to The Great Lakes Using Stable Isotopes: Critical Information For Restoration Planners

(View PDF)

William Lindberg
Restoring and Enhancing Life History Habitats Through Large Area Permitting

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Tim Abbe
The Role of Wood in Fluvial Geomorphology

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Michael Barnett
Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Site - Restoration of a Historic Dredge Hole in Biscayne Bay, Florida

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:00pm

Letitia Grenier
Taking Some Pointers from Eden: How Analyzing the Past Can Help Us Envision a More Resilient Future

Carrie Austin
Role of Ecosystem Restoration in Addition to Mercury Pollution Controls in California Reservoirs

 

Robert Swett
The Regional Waterway Management System: Incorporating Restoration into a General Permit for Maintenance Dredging

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Jock Conyngham
Watershed-Scale and Long-Term Consideration in Restoring Large Wood to Riverine Ecosystems

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Mark Fonseca
Seagrass Transplantation at the Julia Tuttle Seagrass Mitigation Site

4:10pm

Robert Johnson
Defining everglades Restoration Targets: Using Our Knowledge of the Past to Create a Sustainable Future

(View PDF)

Jacob Fleck
Mercury Source Complexity Challenges The Modalities Of Mercury Management And Regulation In The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Amy Langston
Natural Resource Adaptation Action Areas: A Planning Framework for Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Doug Shields
Engineering Considerations for Placing Wood in Streams and Rivers

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Jesse Davis
Miami Harbor Mitigative Artificial Reef

4:20pm

Discussion

William Orem
The Role of Sulfur in Methylmercury Contamination

Thomas Ankersen
Conceptual Permitting: Adapting Florida's Approach to Long-term, Large Scale Permitting to Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

David Bandrowski
Large Wood Precision Prototyping and 3D-Hydraulic Modeling to Evaluate River Processes and Enhance Engineering Guidelines

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Anne McCarthy
Coral Relocation and Advanced Compensatory Mitigation

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:30pm

George Aiken
Dissolved Organic Matter and Mercury: Implications for Ecosystem Restoration

Discussion

Leif Embertson
Risk Considerations Associated with Placing Wood in Streams and Rivers

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

William Precht
Deciphering Between Project-Related and Regional Impacts to Coral Reef Communities Near the Miami Harbor Dredging Project - The Science Behind the Story

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:40pm

Discussion

Discussion

(Watch Presentation)

Discussion

(Watch Presentation)

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Poster Session One & Networking Reception

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

8:00am-10:00am


(Watch Session)


Plenary Session
[Great Cypress & Royal Poinciana]

PANEL: The Restoration Story Part Two: Linking Science to Decision Making & Governance


FACILITATOR: Neil Santaniello,
Florida Atlantic University (FAU), School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Boca Raton, FL

ORGANIZERS: Nicholas G. Aumen,
Regional Science Advisor - South Florida, US Geological Survey, Davie, FL -and-
Matt Grabau,
Sonoran Institute, Tucson, AZ

PANELISTS:
Alyssa Dausman,
Science Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Bay Saint Louis, MS
Suzette M. Kimball,
Director, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA  (View PDF)
Susan Newman,
Senior Scientific Section Lead, Everglades System Assessment Section,
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), West Palm, FL
Jennifer Pitt,
Director, Colorado River Project, National Audubon Society, Boulder, CO  (View PDF)
Mike Shriberg,
Great Lakes Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, Merrifield, VA  (View PDF)


 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12noon

 

Session 16

Session 17

Session 18

Session 19

Session 20

 

Opportunities and Challenges of Measuring Ecosystem Service Benefits for Federal Decision Making

Leaving a Legacy in the Florida Panhandle

Ecological Restoration Implementation in South Florida using Regional/Sub-regional Modeling Tools

Improving the Quality and Reliability of Data Collected for Ecological Restoration Projects

Decision Analysis in Support of Ecosystem Restoration

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

Lisa Wainger

Cheryl Ulrich

Fahmida Khatun

Craig Palmer

Christy Foran

10:30am

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

10:40am

Elizabeth Murray
The Need for Scalable, Robust Tools and Benefit Indicators, and Current Tool Availability

Grover Robinson


Warren Yeager


Sheree Keeler


Bryon Griffith

 

(Watch Panel Presentation)

After years of litigation, BP reached a settlement from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in July 2015. A panel of key Florida Panhandle leadership will highlight lessons learned from trying to leverage RESTORE, NRDA and NFWF funding sources, working with the Department of Treasury during the grant application process and ensuring this once of a lifetime opportunity to truly make a difference for the Panhandle region is optimized.

Kiren Bahm & Amy Cook
Application of the MIKE Marsh Model of Everglades National Park (M3ENP) to Evaluate Restoration Alternatives

(View PDF) 

(Watch Presentation)

Louis Blume
Can We Obtain Reliable Data When Implementing Ecological Restoration Projects?

(View PDF) 

(Watch Presentation)

Christine Shepard
Building Coastal Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico: Decision Support Tools for Assessing the Costs and Effectiveness of Ecosystem Restoration

(View PDF)

11:00am

Jeff Kline
Evaluating Ecosystem Goods and Services in National Forest Planning: Balancing Rigor and Efficacy

(View PDF)

Sandeep Dabral
An Application of the Northern Everglades Simulation Model (NERSM) to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River Watersheds to Evaluate Measures that Will Improve Hydrology and Water Quality Within the Study Area

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Timothy Lewis
Zen and the Art of Ecosystem Restoration: Assessing Precision and Accuracy in the Lab and Field

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Christy Foran
Decision Analytical Tools in Support of Restoration

(View PDF)

11:20am

Frank Casey & Emily Pindilli
Valuing Ecosystem Services: The US Geological Survey Experience

(View PDF)

Angela Montoya
Application of the Northern Palm Beach County Version of the Lower East Coast Subregional Hydrologic Model (LECSR-NP) to Determine Interim Restoration Benefits for the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Marty Boote
Watervliet Dams Removal: A Case Study for Monitoring in a Complex Non-Wadable River

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Michael Runge
Using Multicriteria Decision Analysis to Explore Management Options in the Grand Canyon

(View PDF)

11:40am

Lisa Wainger
Lessons Learned from Valuing Ecosystem Service Benefits of Invasive Plant Control

(View PDF)

Fahmida Khatun
Application of the Regional Simulation Model to the Everglades and Lower East Coast for the Modified Water Deliveries and C-111 South Dade Projects

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Lynde Dodd
Dallas Floodway Extension Lower Chain of Wetlands and Grasslands: A Case Study of the Adaptive Management Approach in Ecosystem Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Cecilia Mancini
Learnings from Implementation of a Comprehensive Monitoring Program in the South River

(View PDF)

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm

 

Session 21

Session 22

Session 23

Session 24

Session 25

 

Balancing Multiple Objectives and Interests: Recent Experiences with Large West Coast Water Projects

Creating and Fostering a State-based Aquatic Ecological Restoration Initiative

RECOVER Everglades System-wide Monitoring Results
Part One

Building Community and Ecosystem Resilience through Restoring Landscape Connectivity

Using Physical Models to Manage Uncertainty
Part One

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

 

Judy McCrea

Bethanie Walder

Andy LoSchiavo

David Hanson

Fred Sklar

1:30pm

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

1:40pm

Anne Morkill
Large Scale and Long Term: The Role of Science and Collaboration in Large Ecosystem Restoration Projects

(View PDF)

Paul Davis

(View PDF)


Tim Purinton

(View PDF)


Samantha Woods

(View PDF)

 

(Watch Panel Presentation)

This panel will focus on the structural support systems needed to bolster an ambitious, landscape-scale ecosystem restoration initiative. Panelists will draw upon examples in Massachusetts where the essential components of support are in place and how controversial and complex projects, such as dam removals, can move forward given the network of support.

April Patterson
System-wide Science Coordination and Reporting

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Brian Murphy
Creating Resiliency in Urban Streams: Restoration and Floodplain Reconnection

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Carlos Coronado-Molina
Tree Islands as Physical Models of Nutrient Sequestration

(View PDF)

2:00pm

Judy McCrea
Integrating Ecosystem Restoration and Flood Risk Management Along the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline

(View PDF)

Paul Conrads
Computing Water-Level Gradient Vectors to Assess System Changes in Sheet Flow and Direction

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Peter Murdoch
Practical First Steps in Understanding and Measuring Changes in Coastal Resilience: The DOI Hurricane Sandy Response Program

Tiffany Troxler
Mesocosms for Estimating Climate-Change-Induced Peat Collapse

2:20pm

Scott Miner
Federal Investment in the California Bay-Delta: Opportunities and Challenges

Pablo Ruiz
The Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve Vegetation Mapping Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Justin Bousquin
Benefit Indicators to Promote and Prioritize Wetlands Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Colin Saunders
How Does DPM Help Move Everglades Restoration Forward?

(View PDF)

2:40pm

Sara Schultz
Balancing Life Safety with Ecological Health and Economic Sustainability: Challenging the Status Quo in the Sacramento River Valley and Delta

(View PDF)

Jay Sah
Recent Hydrologically-driven Vegetation Succession in Shark River Slough, the Southern Compartment of the Everglades Ridge and Slough Landscape

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

David Hanson
Decision Support Framework for Restoring Landscape Connectivity and Enhancing Resilience as Part of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Erich Mueller
Science-Based Strategies for Experimental Flooding in Grand Canyon

 

Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm

 

Session 26

Session 27

Session 28

Session 29

Session 30

 

Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan: Building on Our Commitment to Protect and Restore Our Coast

Approaches and Tools for Scientist-Decision Maker Collaboration and Actionable Science

RECOVER Everglades System-wide Monitoring Results
Part Two

Large Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring for Decision Makers: Targeting and Evaluating Success

Using Physical Models to Manage Uncertainty
Part Two

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

 

Karim Belhadjali

Patricia Gorman

Stacie Auvenshine

Troy Pierce & Matt Harwell

Colin Saunders

3:30pm

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(View Combined PDF)

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

3:40pm

Karim Belhadjali
Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan: Planning for an Uncertain Future

(View PDF)

Jerry Kenny


April Patterson


Craig Fischenich


Jennifer Pratt Miles

 

(Watch Panel Presentation)

This panel will examine approaches, tools, and structures for scientist and decision maker collaboration and actionable science. Panelists will share experience from the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, Missouri River Recovery Program, and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

Chris Kelble
Restoration Targets for Juvenile Sportfish in Florida Bay

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Don Boesch
Coastal Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: The Benefits of Long-term Study

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Duncan Bryant
Wave Attenuation by Vegetation: Role in Sediment Trapping and Retention

(View PDF)

4:00pm

Mandy Green
Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan: Modeling in a Systems Context

(View PDF)

Laura Brandt
Alligators, Hydrology, and Aquatic Fauna, Oh My! Integrating Ecosystem Responses

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Troy Pierce
Water Quality and E. coli Monitoring for a Gulf of Mexico Community's Restoration Decision Makers

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Walter Wilcox
Hydraulic Pulsing in Managed Wetlands to Identify Physical Parameters

(View PDF)

4:20pm

Melanie Saucier
Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan: Reducing Flood Risk and Increasing Community Resilience

(View PDF)

Joel Trexler
Food Webs, Interaction Webs, and Monitoring: Using a Trophic Conceptual Model to Select Ecological Indicators

(View PDF)

Kevin Keeler
Monitoring the Aquatic Environment of a Bi-national Connecting Channel (St. Clair-Detroit River System)

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Ehab Meselhe
Mississippi River Delta Management Study: Analysis and Evaluation of Proposed Land Building Strategies

4:40pm

Nick Speyrer
Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan: Collaborative Decision Making and Stakeholder Engagement

(View PDF)

Bruce Sharfstein
Improving Lake Okeechobee Ecology

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

James Boase
A Scientific Basis for Restoring Fish Spawning Habitat in the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers of the Laurentian Great Lakes

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Fred Sklar
The Role of LILA (Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment) in Everglades Restoration

(View PDF)

5:15pm - 6:00pm

Meeting of the Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section (LERS) of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
[Great Cypress & Royal Poinciana]

MODERATOR: Ryan Clark, LERS President

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. Please join us!

 

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

8:00am-10:00am

 

(Watch Session)


Plenary Session
[Great Cypress & Royal Poinciana]


PANEL: The Story Continues: Ecosystem Restoration as a Tool for Enhancing Resiliency and Ecosystem Services


FACILITATOR & ORGANIZER:
Carl D. Shapiro
, Chief, Science and Decisions Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA  (View PDF)

PANELISTS:
Sarah Ryker
, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. Metro Area
(View PDF)

Susan Wachter, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, and Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Director for the Wharton GeoSpatial Initiative and Lab; Co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research;
and Co-director, Spatial Integration Laboratory for Urban Systems at the University of Pennsylvania

David Waggonner, President, Waggonner and Ball, New Orleans, LA  (View PDF)

Lisa Wainger, Research Professor, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD  (View PDF)

 

Concurrent Sessions — 10:30am - 12noon

 

Session 31

Session 32

Session 33

Session 34

Session 35

 

Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River

(Video Recap) 

Innovative Ways to Restore and Enhance National Parks in Their Centennial Year

Biscayne Bay Coastal Restoration

Science Tools in Support of Restoration

Assessing Progress in Reducing Pollutant Loads to Chesapeake Bay

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

 

Michael Donahue

Sarah Barmeyer

Anna Wachnicka

Tomma Barnes

Joel Blomquist

10:30am

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

10:40am

Alan Travers
Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River

(Changing Course Recap)

(Watch Presentation)

Raymond Sauvajot
Restoring Large Landscapes to Benefit National Parks

(View PDF)

Joan Browder
Rainwater Killifish in Nearshore Epifaunal Communities of Southern Biscayne Bay: Indicator of Ecosystem Change for South Florida Restoration Assessments

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Stefanie Kroll
Monitoring and Data Management to Inform Conservation in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative

(View PDF) 

(Watch Presentation) 

Douglas Moyer
Measuring Changes In Nutrient and Sediment Load in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

11:00am

Rob Nairn
Changing Course Design Competition: The Baird Team Solution - A Delta for All

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Shannon Estenoz
Everglades Restoration: Keys to Success

(View PDF)

Henry Briceňo
High Tide on Miami Beach: A Peek into the Future of Biscayne Bay

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Shaye Sable
Comprehensive Aquatic Systems Model (CASM) for Evaluating Coastal Restoration Projects in Coastal Louisiana

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Jeni Keisman
Drivers of Change in Nutrient Inputs to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: 1950-2012

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

11:20am

Jeff Shelden
The Giving Delta: A 'Systems Approach' to a Consolidated and Sustainable Lower Mississippi River Delta

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Ryan Valdez
Utilizing Online Mapping Tools for Partnership Engagement

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Sarah Bellmund
Downstream Water Quality as an Indicator of Restoration Conditions and Ecosystem Change for Biscayne Bay

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(Watch Presentation)

Eric Swain
Comparing Physics-Based and Empirical-Statistical Methods of Representing Hydrology

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(Watch Presentation) 

Scott Ator
Application of SPARROW Modeling to Understanding Water-Quality Trends in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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(Watch Presentation) 

11:40am

John Hoal
The New MISI-ZIIBI Living Delta: An Eco 3D Approach to a Self Organizing Sustainable Delta

Kristen Hart
Tracking Marine Turtles Throughout the Seascape Reveals Connections Among U.S. Parks and Protected Areas

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Anna Wachnicka
Microalgae as a Powerful Tool in Assessment of Ecological Health of Biscayne Bay Nearshore Habitats in Support of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Restoration Project

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Chris Bernhardt
How the “Paleo” Record Can Assist Wetland Restoration in Light of Current Climate and Sea Level Change

Jimmy Webber
Water-Quality Results From Three Chesapeake Bay Showcase Watersheds: Monitoring and Analysis Designed to Assess and Inform Restoration

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

 

Concurrent Sessions — 1:30pm - 3:00pm

 

Session 36

Session 37

Session 38

Session 39

Session 40

 

Evaluating Climate Change Stressors on Ecosystem Restoration

Managing Freshwater Resources to Restore Coastal Ecosystems

Strategies to Address Endocrine Disruption in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Restoring Large Florida Farms to Wetlands Under the NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Real-time Evaluation, Modeling, and Reporting of Ecosystem Restoration

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

 

Terry Doss

David Kaplan

Kelly Smalling

David Stites

Paul Conrads

1:30pm

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

1:40pm

Don DeAngelis
Coupled Vegetation Competition and Groundwater Simulation Model to Study Effects of Sea Level Rise and Storm Surges on Coastal Vegetation

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Yongshan Wan
Optimizing Freshwater Delivery Into Coastal Ecosystems With a Fuzzy Rule-based Operation Control Model

Patrick Phillips
Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Where Are We Going and Where Should We Go?

J. Scott Kuipers
Wetland Restoration Under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in Florida

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(Watch Presentation)

Bryan McCloskey
Real-time Evaluation Tools: Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Habitat Viewer and Tree Island Inundation Monitoring

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

2:00pm

Peter Rubec
Modeling to Assess Influence of Water Withdrawals on Estuarine Species in Charlotte Harbor, Florida

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Beth Middleton
Hydrologic Remediation to Revive Stressed Freshwater Species in Tidal Swamps

Vicki Blazer
Biological Effects Monitoring to Identify Consequences of Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

David Stites
Ecological, Hydrologic, and Engineering Design Principles for ACEP-WRE Restoration Projects

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Leonard Pearlstine
Everglades Spatially-Explicit Hydrological Near-Term Forecasts for Ecological Modeling

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

2:20pm

Kimberly Artita and Heather Schwar
Changing Hydrologic Conditions in the Mississippi River Basin: Implications for Restoration and Ecological Processes

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Mark Zucker
Evaluating Changes in Freshwater Flows into Florida Bay and the Coastal Estuaries of Southwestern Everglades National Park in Support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

Jennifer Brennan
Effects Directed Analysis of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: An Important Step on the Road to Managing Fish Health in the Watershed

Jennifer Klich
Case Studies of Ongoing NRCS Wetland Restoration Projects in Florida

James Beerens
Multi-Species Management and Decision Support Using the Everglades Forecasting (EVERFOR) Application

2:40pm

Linnea Spears-Lebrun
Response of Invasive Weeds in Southern California to the Historic California State-Wide Drought

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(Watch Presentation)

David Kaplan
Restored Oyster Reefs Enhance Estuarine Ecosystem Services

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Yan Li
Assessing the Impacts of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds on Fish Population Dynamics: A Case Study of Smallmouth Bass in Pennsylvania, USA

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Scott Turgeon
Long-Term Monitoring and Management of Restored Wetlands in Florida

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Johnna Infanti
Near Real-time Availability of the North American Multi-Model Ensemble: An Introduction

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

 

Concurrent Sessions — 3:30pm - 5:00pm

 

Session 41

Session 42

Session 43

Session 44

Session 45

 

Using Science to Inform Conservation Decisions at a Landscape Scale

Collaborative Large-Scale Restoration Planning

Ecosystem Numerical Tools

Watch Us WIP, Now Watch Us Bay Bay: Delaware’s Choreographed Approach to Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Intergovernmental Collaboration and Stakeholder Collaboration to Restore Ecosystems in the Southwest

 

Great Cypress

Royal Poinciana

Ibis

Egret

Sandpiper

 

Cynthia Kallio Edwards

Nanciann Regalado

Ehab Meselhe

Marcia Fox

Georganna Collins

3:30pm

Introduction & Overview

(View PDF) 

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

Introduction & Overview

Introduction & Overview

(Watch Presentation)

3:40pm

John Tirpak
Establishing Explicit Biological Objectives to Guide Strategic Habitat Conservation for the Gulf Coast: Case Study with the Brown Pelican

Brenda Bachman
Contributing to the Recovery of an Inland Sea: The Remediation and Restoration of Urban Rivers

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Cameron Ainsworth
Ecosystem Recovery Following the DWH Oil Spill Evaluated Using an End-to-end Model

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Marcia Fox
Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP): It’s Not too Late to WIP It, WIP It Good!

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Edmond Russo
Regionally Integrated, Sustainable, and Resilient Development of Nationally Significant Water Resources on the Texas Coast

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:00pm

Steve Traxler
Coastal Resilience and Landscape Conservation Design in SW Florida

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Thomas Ries
A New Era in Ecosystem Restoration - Public-Private-Partnerships (P3S), Use of Habitat Mitigation to Restore Large Scale Ecosystems

(View PDF) 

Scott Duke-Sylvester
Modeling Landscape Scale Plant Community Response to Climate Change and Human Management

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Brooks Cahall
Not Your Father’s Tax Ditch: Enhancing Delaware’s Drainage Network Through the Use of Natural Channel Design Techniques

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Georganna Collins
Application of NRDA to Large Scale Restoration in Texas

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:20pm

Todd Jones-Farrand
How Much Restoration & Where? Using Structured Decision Making to Turn Landscape Priorities Into Efficient Adaptation Strategies in the Ozarks

(View PDF) 

(Watch Presentation)

Marit Larson
NYC Salt Marsh Assessment for Restoration and Resiliency Planning: Strategies for Identifying and Prioritizing Restoration Needs and Opportunities

(View PDF) 

Scott Hagen
Assessing and Enhancing Salt Marsh Resiliency Under Climate Change for Fluvial vs. Marine Fed Systems

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Melissa Hubert
Reducing Nonpoint Source Pollution through Effective Ditch Management

Matt Grabau
Binational Restoration Efforts to Revive the Colorado River Delta

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

4:40pm

Mark Woodrey
Application of Structured Decision Making in Development of a Gulf-Wide Avian Monitoring Network

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation) 

Jo Cullis
Enhancement or Just Good Design? A Collaborative Approach to River and Wetland Restoration

(View PDF) 

Eric White
Linking Downscaled Global Climate Models to Planning Level Ecosystem Models

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Tyler Monteith
Improving Soil Health One Grain at a Time: Innovative Cropland Methods to Increase and Track Cover Crops

(View PDF)

(Watch Presentation)

Discussion

5:00pm-7:00pm

Poster Session Two & Networking Reception

 

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

8:30am - 9:40am

 


Plenary Session
Andrew (Andy) LoSchiavo, Adaptive Management Coordinator and Senior Biologist, Planning and Policy Division, Environmental Branch, South Florida Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, FL

(Watch Presentation)
-and-
Rob Daoust,
Associate Vice President, Arcadis, NCER 2016 Conference Co-Chair
(Watch Presentation)

Synthesis Discussion — The Essence of NCER 2016
(Watch Presentation)
-and-
Annoucement of SER-LERS Student Competition Award Recipients
(Watch Presentation)

CLOSING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION -
Carlton Ward, Jr., Conservation Photographer, Clearwater, FL
Sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS Office of the Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources
(Watch Presentation)

An environmental photojournalist with graduate training in ecology and anthropology, Carlton Ward aims to promote conservation of natural elements and cultural legacies. At home and abroad, he seeks stories where he can use photographs to make a difference. For his first book, The Edge of Africa, Carlton spent eight months in the tropical rainforests of Gabon, documenting the unseen wonders of life at the edge of the African continent. Beyond the value of scientific record, Carlton recognizes the power of photographs to influence public perceptions and inspire change. Conservation Photography is a window that sheds light on the people, places and issues that demand our collective attention so that together, we can ensure the survival of essential natural and cultural legacies.

One of the most visible advocates for taking action now to provide the missing land and water links for cross-Florida wildlife corridors, Carlton will share photos from two 100-day expeditions across two proposed Florida wildlife corridors, highlighting the importance of connecting, protecting, and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife.

Don't miss this inspiring presentation and exquisite photography capturing the essence of natural areas in Florida and beyond — highlighting the very species, habitats, ecosystems, and entwined natural/human systems we are trying to restore, enhance, and maintain for future generations.

 

 

9:45am-10:30am

Book Signing and Meet & Greet with Carlton Ward, Jr.

10:30am

Depart for Optional Field Trip into the Everglades
[The bus boards outside the conference center entrance at 10:15am, and departs promptly at 10:30am.]

 

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES
Happy Earth Day!

 

 

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