Plenary Presenters

Monday, August 27, 2018 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Gulf Plenary Keynote Address

Susanne Toriente

Susanne M. Torriente

Assistant City Manager/Chief Resiliency Officer
City of Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL

Susanne 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 Torriente 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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Adaptive Management Planning and Implementation in Ecological Restoration

Barry Gold

Barry Gold

Director, Environment Program
Walton Family Foundation
Washington DC

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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

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

Peter Goodwin

Peter Goodwin

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD

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 partner 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.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Bridging Upland and Coastal Restoration at the Watershed Scale

Garret Graves

Garret Graves

Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District
Baton Rouge, LA

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.”

Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 5:00pm – 5:30pm

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

Don Boesch

Don Boesch

Professor of Marine Science
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Annapolis, MD

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.

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Hosting Organizations


Society of Ecological Restoration

Platinum Sponsor

Walton Family Foundation

Partnering Organizations





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