Sixth Symposium on

July 11-14, 1999 Marina Marriott
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sponsored by:
University of Florida
  Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
     - Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory
     - Soil and Water Science Department
     - Center for Natural Resources
Louisiana State University

St. Johns River Water Management District

USGS-Biological Resources Division

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Abstracts from the Sixth Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands


Introduction Sponsors
Tentative Program Agenda Area Information
Registration Information Abstract Submission Form
Hotel Accommodations Related Sites and Information
Climate and Clothing For Further Information


July is fast approaching and we trust you are making plans to attend the Sixth Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands to be held July 11-14, 1999 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  The symposium will emphasize various biogeochemical processes occurring in freshwater and estuarine wetlands and provide numerous opportunities to discuss up-to-date research from around the world.  Topics included:

  • The role of wetlands in improving water quality
  • The role of wetlands in global climatic change
  • Nutrient cycling in wetland ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical indicators to characterize regulatory wetlands
  • Plant-soil interactions in wetlands
  • Toxic heavy-metal chemistry in wetlands
  • Reactions of toxic organics in wetlands
  • Modeling of biogeochemical processes
  • Wetland eutrophication

Special Plenary Session in Honor of Dr. William H. Patrick, Jr

A special plenary session is planned on July 13, 1999 in honor of Dr. W. H. Patrick, Jr., Boyd Professor, Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  This plenary session will recognize Dr. Patrick’s outstanding research and educational contributions in wetland science during the past four decades. The breadth and diversity of Dr. Patrick’s research accomplishments have introduced a new dimension in wetland science and influenced several scientists in their own research and educational programs. Invited former students and associates of Dr. Patrick will make presentations on selected topics in Wetland Biogeochemistry, highlighting their mentor’s role in the current development of their research and educational activities.

Over 200 people have expressed interest in attending the symposium. More than 130 paper titles (Poster and Oral) from over 40 countries have been submitted for presentation. If you would like to make a presentation, please submit an abstract by following the instructions on the Abstract Submission Form. (click here)

See you in Fort Lauderdale!

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Tentative Program Agenda

Sunday, July 11, 1999
   1:00pm-8:00pm      Registration
   2:00pm-6:00pm      Poster Set-up
   6:00pm-8:00pm      Welcome Reception

Monday, July 12, 1999
   8:00am-12:00pm    Plenary Session
   1:00pm-5:00pm      Three Concurrent Sessions
   6:00pm-8:00pm      Poster Session Reception

Tuesday, July 13, 1999
   8:00am-12:00pm    Plenary Session in Honor of Dr. W. H. Patrick, Jr.
   1:00pm-5:00pm      Three Concurrent Sessions
   7:00pm-9:00pm      Dinner

Wednesday, July 14, 1999
  8:00am-10:30am      Concurrent Sessions
10:45am-12:00pm      Plenary Session and Symposium Wrap-up

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Registration Information

Early Registration
(before May 1, 1999):
Participants . . . . . . $175.00 
Students . . . . . . . .  $125.00
Regular Registration
(after May 1, 1999):
Participants . . . . . . $225.00 
Students . . . . . . . .  $165.00

The registration fee includes symposium participation, one copy of the abstracts, a welcome reception, a poster reception, a dinner, morning and afternoon refreshments and a canvas tote bag.

To register, click here to load a form that can be printed to your printer, then return the form with payment to the Office of Conferences. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF form file.)

OR, you can click here to register with a credit card online.

REFUNDS: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before June 4, 1999 and a $50.00 processing fee will be deducted. No refunds will be honored for cancellations received after June 4, 1999.

In compliance with ADA requirements, participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at (352) 392-5930, by fax at (352) 392-9734 or by calling (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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Hotel Accommodations

We will be staying at the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott located on the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway.  The Marina Marriott boasts of a full service marina containing 33 slips of various sizes.  It is also a regular stop for The Water Taxi, which is renown as the preferred way to see the “Venice of America”. Our special group rate is $79.00 per night single or double  occupancy (plus applicable state and local tax). As this is a special group rate, it is non-commissionable to travel agents and Frequent Traveler Points do not apply. To receive the special rate, contact the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott directly at 954-463-4000 or if in the United States 1-800-433-2254 by June 4, 1999 and identify yourself as a participant of the Wetlands Symposium. After June 4, 1999 neither availability or the reduced rate are guaranteed. Any room reservations canceled within 24 hours prior to arrival will be charged one night’s room rental.

Directions from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: U. S. 1 North for two miles to S.E. 17th Street, then turn right. Turn left on Eisenhower Blvd. (Ocean World Drive). Make a quick right onto the service road. Hotel entrance is on the left. Travel time: approximately nine minutes.

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Climate and Clothing

Fort Lauderdale is normally hot and humid in July. Casual business attire is appropriate for the symposium. Fort Lauderdale is a relaxed city. Shorts are acceptable attire almost everywhere during the day. Informal wear is suitable for most evening events. However, dining in an upscale restaurant may require semi-formal attire. Sunglasses, bathing suits, broad-brimmed hats and sunscreen are a must. Don’t leave home without them!

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University of Florida
   Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
     - Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory
     - Soil and Water Science Department
     - Center for Natural Resources

Louisiana State University

St. Johns River Water Management District

USGS-Biological Resources Division

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Area Information

Official Site of Broward County, Florida

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Related Sites and Information

Peatland Website and Mailing List

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For Further Information

For additional program information:
Dr. K. R. Reddy
University of Florida
Soil and Water Science Department
Wetland Biogeochemistry Laboratory
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 392-1804 l FAX: (352) 392-3399

For additional registration information:
Biogeochemistry of Wetlands
University of Florida
Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc.
IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750, Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: (352) 392-5930 l FAX: (352) 392-9734

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