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GEER 2015

Plenary Schedule

Tuesday, April 21, 2015   |   [8:30am - 10:00am]

Opening Plenary

Science, Policy, and Decision-Making for Everglades Restoration

Plenary Speakers:

  • Welcome
    K. Ramesh Reddy, Chair, IFAS Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida;
    GEER 2015 Co-Chair
  • Introduction
    Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
  • A Federal Policy Perspective
    Jennifer Gimbel, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior
  • USGS Science in Support of Everglades Restoration
    Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Science Communication to Managers: Harmony, Cacophony, and Everything in Between
    Shannon Estenoz, Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, Department of the Interior

Session Moderator:

  • Nick Aumen, Regional Science Advisor – South Florida, United States Geological Survey,
    GEER 2015 Chair

Wednesday, April 22, 2015   |   [8:30am - 10:00am]

Earth Day Plenary

Future Environmentalists from South Plantation High School Pay It Forward

    Students from South Plantation High School's Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration Magnet Program will offer presentations, a Q & A Panel Discussion, skits, a rap, and a musical entertainment piece, to demonstrate what Everglades restoration and environmental stewardship mean to them. Click here for a full description of this special event.

Thursday, April 23, 2015   |   [8:30am - 10:00am]

Closing Plenary

Science in Support of Everglades Restoration

Plenary Speakers:

  • Institutional Scientific Challenges in Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration
    Don Boesch, President, Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland
  • Using a Sustainability Science Frame to Advance Ecosystem Restoration
    Colin Polsky, Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University

Session Moderator:

  • Nick Aumen, Regional Science Advisor – South Florida, United States Geological Survey,
    GEER 2015 Chair


Conference News

Detailed Program Agenda (PDF)


Poster Directory (PDF)


Speaker Information


Poster Information


Conference Deadlines

Regular Registration Deadline:
April 3, 2015


Presenters must be registered:
March 3, 2015


Hotel Reservation Deadline:
March 1, 2015




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