Poster Presentations

First Name Last Name Organization Abstract Title PDF
Omar  Abdelrahman  Miami-Dade County Division of Environmental Resources Management Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program within Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and Biscayne National Park: Tracking Trends to Predict Impacts
Gordon  Anderson  U.S. Geological Survey  First Year Observations of Groundwater and Surface Water Salinity Variability in the Eastern Panhandle Marsh: Developing a Restoration Groundwater Salinity Baseline, Everglades National Park, FL, USA
Joseph  Andreoli  University of Florida, Department of Geography  Predicting the Potential Geographic Distributions of Non-Native Fishes in Florida with Climate Change
Christian  Avila  Miami-Dade County  An Update on Recent Salinity and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Trends in Northeastern Florida Bay
Sara  Baker  University of Florida/IFAS, Soil and Water Sciences Department Effects of Flow on Enzyme Activity in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas
John  Baldwin  South Plantation High School  Bringing the Classroom to the Science: High School Internship in Everglades Ecosystem Ecology
James  Beerens  U.S. Geological Survey  Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Decision Support Tools for Water Management
James  Beerens  U.S. Geological Survey  Habitat Selection of the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades
Allison  Benscoter  U.S. Geological Survey  Assessing the Role of Fire Disturbance in Maintaining Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis) Habitat Use
Jeanne  Bermudez  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Effects of Freshwater Acidification on Microalgal Growth Rates and Pigment-Based Chemotaxonomy
Henry  Briceno  Florida International University (FIU) Potential Trajectories of Water Quality Forced by Sea Level Rise in the Florida Coastal Everglades
Henry  Briceno  Florida International University (FIU) Total Phosphorous Levels in Surface Water Discharges to Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park
Venetia  Briggs-Gonzalez  University of Florida/IFAS, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Survival and Population Growth of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) 
David  Bucklin  University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center  Spatio-Temporal Niche Differentiation for Sea Turtles Tracked In and Around Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
David W.  Ceilley  Johnson Engineering Inc.  Restoration of a Valued Ecosystem Component, Vallisneria americana in the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary 
Jennifer  Chastant  Palm Beach County  Landscape-Level Correlates of Wading Bird Stress in a Seasonally Fluctuating, Subtropical Lake
Michael  Cherkiss  U.S. Geological Survey  Sea Turtle Nesting in Everglades National Park: Integrating Beach Surveys, Satellite Tracking, and Genetics
Michael  Chimney  South Florida Water Management District  Period-of-Record Phosphorus Retention in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas – 1994 to 2016 
Xavier  Comas  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Exploring the Potential of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for Delineating the Extent of Burned Peat Soils in Palangkaraya, Indonesia
Jeremy  Conrad  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Identifying the Effects of Eutrophication on Drivers of Elevation Change in Florida’s Mangroves
Paul  Conrads  U.S. Geological Survey  Application of the Coastal Salinity Index to Sites in Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico
Paul  Conrads  U.S. Geological Survey  Use of Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) to Develop Water-Level Gradients and Fluxes
Paul  Conrads  U.S. Geological Survey  Using the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) to Characterize Coastal Salinity Conditions 
Jessica  Dell  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) The Effects of Willow Encroachment on the Resilience of Peat Carbon Storage in an Herbaceous Wetland
Tibebe  Dessalegne  South Florida Water Management District  Future Rainfall Depth-Duration-Frequency Curve Estimates Under Various Climate Change Scenarios
Bobby  Duersch  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Phosphorous Speciation Using P31 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Order to Trace Phosphorous Sources and Movement in the C51 Basin and Northern Everglades 
Cody  Eggenberger  Florida International University (FIU) Habitat Use of Key Recreational Fish Species in Altered Coastal Everglades Lakes
Edwin  Everham  Florida Gulf Coast University  Measuring the Fate and Non-Target Impacts of Dibrom Using Aerial Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Spray Technology in Mangrove and Open Marsh Wetlands in South Florida
Edwin  Everham  Florida Gulf Coast University  State of Lake Trafford Following Restoration Dredging 
Thomas  Faughnan  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Effects of Juvenile Alligators on Dry-Season Aquatic Fauna Concentration
Hilary  Flower  University of South Florida  Can The Everglades Survive Climate Change? Envisioning the Everglades Under Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Zachary  Fratto  National Park Service  Florida Bay Algal Bloom Dynamics 
Ariel  Freidenreich  Florida International University (FIU) Effects of Prescribed Burn on Pine Rockland Soil Health and Plant Communities within FIU’s Nature Preserve
Carissa  Gervasi  Florida International University (FIU) Detecting and Countering Fisheries-Induced Evolution Using Marine Protected Areas
Daniel  Hagood  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Influence of Soil Disturbance and Fire on the Distribution of Caesar’s Weed (Urena lobata) in Pine Flatwoods
Saira  Haider  U.S. Geological Survey  Validation of Near-Term Everglades Water Depth Forecasts
J. Matthew  Hoch  Nova Southeastern University  Behavioral Response of Small Everglades Fish to Hydrological Variation, Predator Cues and Parasites
Margaret  Hunter  U.S. Geological Survey  Population Genetic Analysis of the Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in Everglades National Park
Erik  Iverson  MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center  The Influence of Native Tree Expansion on Ecosystem Services in the Headwaters of the Everglades 
Anupama  John  Florida International University (FIU) Laboratory Assessment of Hydraulic Properties of Heterogeneous Organic Soils in the Everglades 
Paul  Julian  University of Florida  Key Factors Controlling Wetland Aquatic Productivity in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas
Frank  Kahoun  Quest Ecology/ Antioch University New Hampshire  Structural Microhabitat Utilization of the Invasive Cuban Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) in a Naturalized Habitat of South Florida
Michael  Kiflai  Florida International University (FIU) Hydrogeophysical Characterization of Groundwater in the Mangrove Lakes Region of Everglades National Park
Kalindhi  Larios  University of Florida/IFAS, Soil and Water Sciences Department Sensitivity Analysis of Total Phosphorus in a Wetland Biogeochemical Model
J William  Louda  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Conceptual SolarMarsh: Combined Stormwater Treatment Area and Electrical Generation
Ian  Markovich  University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center  Do Daylength and Desiccation Affect Sprouting of Crested Floatingheart Ramets?
Frank  Marshall  Cetacean Logic Foundation  Interpreting Freshwater Paleoecological Studies to Better Understand the Impact of 20th Century Alterations on the Hydrology and Salinity in Everglades National Park
Matthew  McClellan  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Spatial Variability in Production and Releases of Biogenic Gases from Two Subtropical Wetland Ecosystems in Central Florida is Revealed Using Hydrogeophysical Methods
Amanda  McDonald  South Florida Water Management District  Drought Conditions Set Up the 2015 Collapse of Florida Bay Seagrass 
Christopher  McVoy  Long Slough Research  A Research Platform in the Florida Everglades for Investigating the Interactions Among Hydrology, Water Management and Organic Carbon Cycling
Gaia  Meigs-Friend  U.S. Geological Survey  Environmental DNA (eDNA) Detection of Burmese Pythons in the Arm Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Southeast Florida Using State-of-the-Art Droplet Digital PCR
Steve  Mortellaro  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Effectiveness of Surveying for Eastern Indigo Snakes Using Artificial Covers
Jennifer  Nestler  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Variation in Body Condition of Alligator mississippiensis in Florida
Danielle  Ogurcak  Florida International University (FIU) Stabilization of Everglades’ Cultural Resource Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration
Todd  Osborne  University of Florida  Spatial Distributions of Soil Biogeochemical Properties in Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4 Cell 3A and 3B
Gina  Paduano Ralph  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park: An Incremental Approach to Restoration
Matthew  Petkewich  U.S. Geological Survey  Improving Dry-Season Water Surfaces by Using Below Ground Estimates for the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN)
Matt  Powers  South Florida Water Management District  Evaluation of Potential for Rooted Floating Aquatic Vegetation to Further Reduce Low-Level Phosphorus Concentrations in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas 
Michelle  Prats  National Park Service  The Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve Vegetation Mapping Project: Region 2 – Taylor Slough 
Kristen  Reaver  Cherokee Nations  Trojan Y for Control of Non-Native Fishes: Moving from Theory to Practical Application
Dillon  Reio  Florida International University (FIU) Investigating the Effects of Land-Use Change on the Hydrologic Conditions of a Restored Agricultural Area in Everglades National Park 
Vanessa  Reyes  Florida International University (FIU) Seven Decades of Mangrove Expansion Along Coastal Everglades: A Remote Sensing Approach
Kaylee  Rice  University of Florida/IFAS, Soil and Water Sciences Department Vegetation Effects on Microbial Enzyme Activities in Soils of the Stormwater Treatment Areas 
Andres  Rodriguez  University of Florida  Influence of Carbon Lability and Flooding Treatment in Potential Oxidation of Histosols in the Everglades Agricultural Area 
Mica  Rumbach  Audubon Florida  Ecological Monitoring to Track Succession and Evaluate Performance of a Western Everglades Mitigation Bank 
Darren  Rumbold  Florida Gulf Coast University  A Formal Causal Analysis of Drivers Responsible for Geographic and Temporal Variability in Mercury Biomagnification Across the Everglades 
Pamela  Schofield  U.S. Geological Survey  Development of Environmental DNA Probe for Early Detection of Bullseye Snakehead Channa marulius 
Nicholas  Scobel  University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center  Update on Trapping Nile Monitors (Varanus niloticus) in Southeast Florida 
Anne  Sexton  University of Florida  Floating Aquatic Vegetation Suppression Effects on Canal Sediment Properties in South Florida 
Michael  Simmons  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Restoring Pre-Development Hydrology in Biscayne Bay: The Recover Planning Process 
Matthew  Sirianni  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) The Effect of Increased Fluid Conductivity in Peat Soils from the Everglades: Implications for Biogenic Gas Production and Release Under a Sea Level Rise Scenario 
Brian  Smith  University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center  Using GPS Biologging Technology to Track Movements of Invasive Burmese Pythons
Taylor  Smith  University of Florida/IFAS, Soil and Water Sciences Department Influence of Vegetation on Soil Phosphorus Forms in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STA): STA-2 as a Case Example 
Lawrence  Spencer  South Florida Water Management District  Hydroperiod Analysis Toolsets: Innovative Tools to Build New Analyses
Bethany  Stackhouse  U.S. Geological Survey  Molluscan Response Due to 2015 Seagrass Die-Off in Western Florida Bay
David  Stormer  Florida International University (FIU) Effects of the Long-Term Marine Closure and Reopening of an Area of the Coastal Florida Everglades on Fishes and Recreational Fisheries
Theresa Strazisar Florida Atlantic University (FAU) A Numerical Simulation Model of Ruppia maritima (Wigeongrass) at the Everglades-Florida Bay Ecotone: Model Development and Assessment of Population Persistence
David  Sumner  U.S. Geological Survey Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center  Spatiotemporal Distribution of Solar Insolation in Florida
Kyle  Thayer  University of Florida/IFAS, Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center  Getting in Touch with Your Inner McGuyver: Lessons Learned from Field Research in Aquatic Ecosystems
Amelia  Ulmer  U.S. Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center Testing Inhibitor Removal from Environmental DNA (eDNA) Samples for the Detection of Rare or Cryptic Species in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Kalli  Unthank  Florida International University (FIU) Influence of C-111 Spreader Canal on Groundwater Levels in the C-111 Basin and Taylor Slough Area, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Craig  van der Heiden  Institute for Regional Conservation  Plant Community Changes Intermediate on the Halocline Between Mangrove and Upland Habitat of the National Key Deer Refuge 1990-2013
Joel  VanArman  Self-employed  Fifteen Year Follow-up Survey to Assess the Progress of a Cypress-Pond Apple Tree Planting Project in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach, FL, USA
Lilit  Vardanyan  University of Florida/IFAS, Soil and Water Sciences Department Organic Phosphorus Forms in the Everglades Wetland Soils
Anna  Vecchione  Sea Life Conservation and Arts  Evaluation of Mercury and Toxic Metals Concentrations in Tissues of Ospreys Admitted at South Florida Wildlife Center
Zoe  Verlaak  Florida International University (FIU) Influence of the Benthic Foraminiferal Biocoenosis on Fossil Assemblages in the Southwestern Everglades
John  Volin  University of Connecticut  Digital Visualization as a Tool to Bridge Science and Policy: Examining the Long-Term Effects of Phosphorus on the Everglades Ridge Slough Landscape
Paul  Walansky  Stanley Consulting  Using FLUCCS Codes and GIS Spatial Analyst Tools for Wetland Restoration 
Shimon  Wdowinski  Florida International University (FIU) Space-Based Monitoring of Water Level Changes in the Entire Everglades Using Sentinel-1 InSAR Observations 
William  Wright  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Time-Lapse Geophysical Measurements Targeting Spatial and Temporal Variability in Biogenic Gas Production from Everglades Peat Soils at the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA)
Lu  Zhai  University of Miami  Quantifying Spatial Range of Sea Level Rise Impact on Vegetation Community: A Field and Model Combination Study Based on Carbon Stable Isotope
Caiyun  Zhang  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Applying Time Series Landsat Data for Vegetation Change Analysis in the Florida Everglades Water Conservation Area 2A during 1996-2016 
Xiaoyan  Zhu  University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center  Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Herbaceous Peatland

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