GEER is Going Virtual!
We have made the decision to conduct GEER 2021 virtually due to the Coronavirus. Like you, we wish we could meet in person. The camaraderie and in-person interactions that we all enjoy so much are a hallmark of GEER. But considering these unique times, we hope you will be supportive of the virtual program, remain flexible and understanding, and work with us as we strive to make GEER 2021 the best it can be. As you know, GEER participants are a close-knit community of people working to protect and restore the Everglades and all of south Florida’s unique and beautiful natural resources. Working together, we will make GEER 2021 successful and continue advancing Everglades science and restoration.
GEER 2021 will be conducted on the Zoom virtual platform and will be spread over a two-week period to minimize screen-time fatigue and to allow the maximum number of presentations on Everglades science. The program will consist of a pre-conference workshop, plenary sessions, contributed sessions, lightning talks, round table discussions, posters, and DIG talks. Participants that are not part of a pre-approved session will be able to submit an abstract for a five-minute lightning talk with a maximum of five slides. All sessions will be recorded and published on the GEER web site and paid registrants will receive password protected and on-demand access for one year. We expect to keep registration fees lower than an in-person conference, but you should be aware that a successful virtual conference requires a lot of coordination and technical support behind the scenes so there are still significant costs associated with producing the conference.
We value your participation and urge you to consider submitting an abstract for presentation as part of the program. The Call for Abstracts will be announced mid-October and we look forward to your continued involvement in the GEER community.
Adapting Science and Management to a Changing World
Greater Everglades science continues to be a foundation element for Everglades restoration and management. Building on the success of previous GEER conferences, GEER 2021 will address the most pressing and complex science issues that we face now and into the future of restoration – a future that includes uncertain climate patterns, threats from invasive species, altered hydrology, development pressure, and degraded water quality.
High-quality science has supported many facets of Everglades restoration, including:
- examining the ecological and hydrological effects of new CERP projects and a revised Lake Okeechobee operating schedule
- investigating invasive species such as the Burmese python and the Argentine black and white tegu, and how we can better detect and control them in the future
- providing advanced and easy-to-use scientific tools for restoration managers
- studying how to best achieve balance between restoration goals and endangered species protection
- assessment of how a degraded Everglades will respond to restored sheet flow
Sound science relevant to these challenges and the restoration efforts is required to provide resource managers and policy-makers with the best information possible. GEER 2021 will continue its legacy of providing a valuable forum for scientists and engineers to showcase and communicate the latest scientific developments, and to facilitate information exchange that builds shared understanding among federal, state, local, and tribal scientists and decision-makers, academia, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and private citizens. A premier gathering, GEER is a collaborative effort and we invite you to join us!
Curious if this conference is for you? Visit our Who Should Attend page.